RSSAf School Essay Competition Prize Presentations 2016

The Society’s Essay Competition was again a big success and entries were received from schools all around South Africa.   The competition was fierce as usual.   The Society salutes all the pupils and teachers who took the time and made the effort to enter the Competition.  The full winners list is here


Michael Noyce in Grade 12 at Hilton College won First Prize and the RSSAf/CLF Trophy for the School with his excellent essay in the category: ‘What advances in robotics and artificial intelligence could impact on youth employment in South Africa?’ Professors Theresa Coetzer and Dean Golding presented the Trophy at Hilton College.   They reported that the College was very impressed with the trophy.   They each gave a short talk (Dean about science in general and Theresa about the essay competition) and handed over the certificate to Michael Noyce and the trophy to the Head master.  Michael’s essay will be published in the Transactions of the Royal Society of SA early next year.

The Trophy at Wynberg Girls’ High School was presented by Professor Thomas Scriba.   The School continues to shine in the Competition year after year thanks to the dedication of the wonderful teachers, Mr Peter Bodenstein and Mrs Nazeeba Moerat.  Chloe van Niekerk won First Prize and the RSSAf/CLF Trophy for the School with her excellent essay in the challenging category: ‘Given the recent palaeontological discoveries in South Africa, why is it important for us to study and understand human origins?’’

Back Row: Chelsea Terry; Mr David Machado; Prof Thomas Scriba; Mr Peter Bodenstein; Meg Anderton
Front Row: Aa’isha Dout; Chloe van Niekerk; Mrs Nazeeba Moerat; Nicole Chineka