Murgon student destined for science forum in big smoke

THIS week a South Burnett high school student's life has been transformed after receiving some incredible news.

Currently in Year 11 at Murgon State High School, Luke Beddows, 16, was thrilled to hear he had been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra in January 2020.

Throughout the 10-day program, Luke will be immersed into the world of science and maths with students from around the country at the Australia University of Canberra.

As he prepares to enter his final year of school, Luke said he was most looking forward to being amongst like-minded people at the forum.

"My sister did the program in 2018 and she really enjoyed it," he said.

"She recommends for everyone to apply for it if they are looking to expand their options."

"Now Jasmine is currently studying an Advanced Bachelor of Science at ANU, so I am hoping to learn about career pathways that I never knew of before."

In September, Luke will travel to the Sunshine Coast for an orientation evening at the university to get filled in on the finer details of the forum.

 

Murgon State High School student Luke Beddows is headed to the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra in January 2020.
Murgon State High School student Luke Beddows is headed to the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra in January 2020. Murgon State High School

He will also have the opportunity to meet the Governor of Queensland at Government House, along with the other students throughout Queensland who have been selected in the program.

Luke credits his science teacher Ms Erthington for encouraging him to apply for the online application.

The Murgon SHS student also had the financial backing from local Murgon Rotary Club who partnered with him to sponsor his trip.

"I applied with the Rotary Club and they helped me to get a grant."

"It feels really good to have the support from the community," Luke said.

With a bright future ahead of him, Luke is focused on his school studies and looks forward to his chance to travel to Canberra early next year.

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