Ballina student gains global exposure

Year 12 Ballina High School student Blake Bambrook is off to Stockholm to attend the International Youth Science Seminar.

Blake Bambrooks list of achievements is long. Dux of Ballina High School for six years, school captain, high distinctions in national competitions in English, maths, science, computing and geography, SRC treasurer, Leo Club treasurer and Lions Youth of the Year regional finalist 2005.

Blake has attended the International Science School at Sydney University, was peer facilitator at the regional RRISK seminars and has had many public speaking and debating successes. He also excels at sport, recently winning a bronze medal in the NSW Cross Country Championships.

And would you believe he plays violin? said Ballina High Schools principal, Roslyn Mayberry. He is an exceptional young person who is highly motivated and deserves every award and accolade he receives.

The latest is a $1000 scholarship from the NSW Government to attend the Stockhom International Youth Science Seminar in December. Blake is one of only two Australian students who will join 21 other bright young scientists from around the world to participate in the forum, where he will present a paper on bio-diesel, which is diesel derived from plant oils such as grape seed.

Looks like Blake is an environmentalist as well.


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