College captain Thomas Groth has been recognised for his excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by receiving the Peter Doherty Student Excellence Award for 2017.
The Peter Doherty Awards recognise students, teachers, support officers and schools across Queensland who demonstrate outstanding and innovation contributions in STEM. In 2017 the awards received over 125 applicants across all categories with only 25 awards being presented at the awards ceremony. Peter Doherty was a Brisbane born Nobel Prize winner and the awards in their 14th year recognise and support those who have demonstrated excellence.
Student applicants need to be studying at least two STEM subjects in Year 12 and be achieving a Very High in those STEM subjects. Thomas is studying 4 of his 6 subjects in STEM subject and is achieving a Very High in all of them.
Miss Amy Peen, Thomas’ physics teacher comments “You don’t often get an opportunity to teach students like Thomas and I feel privileged to be able to”.
“Not only is Thomas a high achieving student he is also a great leader. We are very proud of his achievements not only in the class room but as a young man in our community” says Principal St Mary’s College, Mr Graham Meertens.
The prize also includes $5000 which Thomas can put towards his further education. “I intend to study a dual degree in engineering and business next year in Brisbane and the prize money will assist me in achieving my goals” said Thomas. “I was shocked at being recognised for such a prestigious award”
Thomas stated that his passion for STEM and innovation “started with HPV in year 8 and I saw how much engineering goes into the bikes so I got hooked. I also then competed in the Science and Engineering Challenge in Year 9 and 10. In year 10 I was in the bridge building group and we won that section”
“I have been lucky at St Mary’s to be able to do a wide variety of extra-curricular activities in STEM and this has enabled me to appreciate the science in everyday life. I thank the teachers that have provided me with these opportunities.”
St Mary’s College has a proud tradition of excellence in STEM and wishes Thomas and all students in Year 12 well for the remainder of the year.