RSSAf School Essay Competition Prize Presentations

School goers nationally rose to the challenge of some very difficult topics this year from the Large Hadron Collider to the Ebola Contagion – well done to all participants.   The full winners list is on ‘Essay Results’.   Prize presentations were held at Diocesan College (Bishops) in Cape Town, St Mary’s DSG in Kloof and Wynberg Girls’ High School in Cape Town.

FIRST PRIZE & TROPHYZola Baird and Prof Thomas Scriba

Zola Baird in Grade 10 at Bishops won First Prize and the RSSAf/CLF Trophy for the School with his excellent essay  ‘Many South African scientists are involved in the research being carried out at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Europe. Do you think the research findings will benefit humankind?’    His essay will be published in the Transactions of the Royal Society of SA shortly.   The Prize was presented by Thomas Scriba, Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town and Deputy Director, Immunology at South African TB Vaccine Initiative

FIRST PRIZE & TROPHY

St Mary’s DSG did very well by producing three winners this year.   Sarah Camp, Grade 11, won First Prize and Ruth Purcell, Third Prize in the category ‘Contagion! : How can we combat the Ebola virus epidemic and prevent it from spreading in South Africa?’.  Robyn McKenzie won Third Prize in the category ‘Many South African scientists are involved in the research being carried out at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Europe. Do you think the research findings will benefit humankind?’  They are seen here with Sally Walsh, Head of Life Sciences at St Mary’s on the left  and on the RSSAf Councillor Judy Mann on the right.  Sarah’s essay will be published in the Transactions of the Royal Society of SA shortly.

SIX WINNERS FOR WYNBERG GIRLS’ HIGH!

l-r: Michelle Langeveldt; Mrs Nazeeba Moerat; Mr Peter Bodenstein; Dr Adriana Marais; Nicole Wentzel; Kayla Arnold. Front: l-r: Roxanne Douglas; Nicole Winter; Michelle Mitchell

Wynberg Girls have done it again, but even better, with a fantastic total of SIX winners this year.   These girls under the guidance of Peter Bodenstein, Head of Physical Sciences and Mrs Nazeeba Moerat, achieve amazing results year after year.   First Prize went to Roxanne Douglas and a Merit Prize to Natalie Winter in the category ‘Is anyone listening? How would you effectively communicate about environmental problems to young people in South Africa today?’
Michelle Langeveld, Second Prize in the category ‘Contagion! : How can we combat the Ebola virus epidemic and prevent it from spreading in South Africa?’  Kayla Arnold won First Prize in the category  ‘2015 is the International Year of Light. What new light technologies might help South Africa meet its development challenges?’ Michele Mitchell and Nicole Wentzel both won Merit Prizes.   The prizes were presented by Dr Adriana Marais, Winner of the 2015 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Physics award, Postdoctoral Researcher, Quantum Research Group, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Special Project Coordinator for the Foundation for Space Development South Africa.
Pupils were enraptured at the Presentation when Dr Marais told of her involvement in the Mars One Project.   It is Adriana’s dream to live and work on that planet!  For more on this brilliant young women, go to http://adrianamarais.org/