Three win awards

Three science and technology secondary school pupils from the Southern region won international travel prizes and big cash scholarships at the Genesis Energy Realise the Dream Awards at Government House, in Wellington, last night.

Logan Park High School pupil Meran Campbell-Hood (13) and St Hilda's Collegiate School pupil Anne-Sophie Page (14) won Royal Society of New Zealand travel awards, which include an Antarctic sightseeing flight from Melbourne to Commonwealth Bay and McMurdo Sound.

Meran won the award with her project about minerals in plant growth media, and Anne-Sophie's project was about mud whelks in Otago Harbour.

James Hargest College (Invercargill) pupil Jackson Hercus (17) will join them on the trip, and won a DairyNZ Outstanding Award worth $5000 for his easily retrievable water ski.

The top prize went to Diocesan School for Girls (Auckland) pupil Nina Huang (17) who won the Genesis Energy Supreme Award worth $7000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the European Union Young Scientist Competition in Slovakia in September 2012.

Her winning project on eyes discussed the link between pupil size and mental activity.



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