HIGH FLYER: St John's STEM teacher Mark Shields with award winner Amy York.
HIGH FLYER: St John's STEM teacher Mark Shields with award winner Amy York. Amanda Thorne

St John's tech wiz awarded $5000

A ZEAL for scientific fact has seen young Roma scholar Amy York awarded $5000 for her outstanding accomplishments.

The 17-year-old is in her final year at St John's Catholic School and has been achieving exceptionally high results across mathematics, physics, chemistry, English and study of religion.

On Tuesday she was awarded the Peter Doherty Outstanding Senior STEM Student Award, which provides recipients with $5000 to further their knowledge and experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Amy said she was honoured to receive the bursary and would use it as she conquered her future endeavours in computer science.

"I plan to go to Australian National University next year to study a double degree in advanced computing and mathematical sciences,” she said.

"I currently find cyber security and quantum computing interesting areas and would be happy going into either of these fields.”

Known for her willingness to give up time to help other students in the class when they are having difficultly, Amy also spends a large amount of her time helping the school and Roma community, running all of the IT/sound equipment for assemblies, presentations, musicals and masses.

STEM teacher Mark Shields said he was delighted to see the young scientist pick up such a prestigious award.

"I encouraged Amy to apply for the award because of her outstanding commitment to STEM subjects at St John's,” he said.

"She has been with St John's since Prep (13 years) and has flourished in her scholarly pursuits.

"She has a great enthusiasm for the STEM area and is always wanting to know, often doing her own research to go well beyond what is expected of her.”

Amy will join other successful applicants in Brisbane to be officially presented with the award by Minister for Education Grace Grace on August 9.

Department of Education assistant director-general Stacie Hansel said the award reflected Amy's efforts and commitment invested in education.


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