Historic success for Wynberg in Royal Society of South Africa: Science Essay Competition

We were delighted to hear that SIX prizes and a trophy have been won by Wynberg Girls’ High Science students – a first for us, and for the Royal Society of South Africa – and thus another historic moment for Wynberg Girls’ High School’s Academic achievements.

The Winners are:

Anna Jacobs Grade 12, whose excellent essay “The doping debate: Can science stamp out doping in South African Sport?” won the first prize of R2000 in that category, compliments of our sponsors, the Claude Leon Foundation. In addition her essay has been judged as one of the top two in the entire competition and, with her permission, will be published in the Transactions of the Royal Society of SA laster this year. Further good news, in this regard, is that the Wynberg Girls’ High School will receive the RSSAf/CLF trophy for 2013 which is awarded the schools producing he top two essays overall. Jessica Hawkridge, in the same grade, won a merit prize worth R250 in this category.

Grace Steel, Grade 12, has won first prize for her essay on The sustainability of the South African coastline and Lauren Mitchell 2nd prize in this category. The latter prize is worth R1250.

Lindsay Powell, Grade 12, has won second prize for her essay entitled “A world with Bees” and Lauren Gildenhuys a merit in the same category.

The Royal Society of South Africa is in the process of having the trophy made, and has asked Professor Jill Farrant to present the prizes and the trophy to the school. Professor Farrant is an A-rated scientist and winner of many awards – most recently one of five women from around the world to win a 2012 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Award – and is certainly a fine role model and an inspiration to budding scientists at our school.

Huge congratulations to these students and to the Science Department.