Katamatite’s Mikaela Wood has received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity after being selected as one of six students from across Australia to attend The National University of Singapore Science Camp program at the end of June.
The St Mary of the Angels Secondary College Year 12 student was one of two from the school who had the opportunity to participate in the National Youth Science Forum at Australian National University in Canberra in January.
The event impressed Mikaela so much that she subsequently applied to attend the international forum in Singapore, but she could never have imagined that she would go on to be not only short-listed, but ultimately selected to attend.
Mikaela said it would be her first time overseas and she was extremely excited at the opportunity presented to her.
‘‘I’ve always loved science and this opportunity is so exciting,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m a little bit nervous, but I can’t wait to get over there and enjoy the experience.’’
Mikaela and her family have been fundraising to help with travel-related expenses along the way.
The school has been a great support, holding cake stalls and an out-of-uniform day, as well as fun science experiment fundraisers to help Mikaela.
Her home town of Katamatite has also jumped on board, with Katamatite Community Social Fund and Katamatite Lions Club pitching in, as well as Numurkah Rotary Club and Moira Shire Council contributing.
‘‘I’m so grateful to everyone for their support and in helping my family and I reach our fundraising goals,’’ she said.
‘‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m overwhelmed by all of the encouragement we’ve received.’’
The NYSF Year 12 Program is designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to encourage them to continue their studies in these fields.
St Mary of the Angels deputy principal for learning and teaching Bev Thorp said the school was extremely proud of Mikaela.
‘‘This is an incredible opportunity and we’re thrilled to have been able to support her along her science-based pathways,’’ Ms Thorp said.