Olympians of the mind

Science expert: Janelle San-Juan, with Peter Garrett, is ready to take on the world’s best.A GLADSTONE Park student is ready to travel to Singapore to put her maths and science skills to the test against the world’s best.

Janelle San-Juan (pictured), in year12 at Melbourne Girls Grammar, will represent Australia in a team of four at the International Biology Olympiad in Singapore from July 8-15.

The Olympiad is an annual worldwide competition for secondary school students from more than 100 countries.

Janelle and her teammates were officially announced the ‘Olympians’ and presented with Australian team blazers by Education Minister Peter Garrett at a ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra, last week.

Janelle is looking forward to her journey.

“I love learning about the workings of living organisms,” she says.

“We’ve studied so much content in our preparation for the Olympiad, I can’t wait to go to Singapore and meet all the other students.”

Anne Semple, chairwoman of Australian Science Innovations, which is involved with selection and training, said it was time young science Olympians were supported like Olympic sporting heroes.

“These students have the potential to be Australia’s future leaders,” she said.

The teams will undertake a five-hour theory exam and five hours of practical laboratory tests to prove their scientific talent.

When Janelle finishes school she wants to combine her interests in science and humanities at university.