The El Shaddai Christian School students took part in the 51st National Science Olympiad in March this year. The Olympiad is for grade 10, 11 and 12 students who all write the same paper. About 30 000 learners from South Africa and the SADC countries took part in this Olympiad. At the end of April the Olympiad results placed Travis Defty, a Grade 11 student at El Shaddai Christian School, in the top 100 nationwide.
Travis was subsequently invited to participate in the Youth Science Focus Week which took place during the July school holidays in Gauteng. Travis said that the aim of the Focus Week had been ‘to increase awareness of possibilities in the field of Science’. Activities during the Focus Week included stimulating lectures and excursions to the following institutions: Pretoria’s Botanical and Zoological Gardens, Denel Dynamics, the Johannesburg Observatory, the Cullinan Diamond mine and the Nuclear Energy Corporation.
The Focus Week culminated with a
high profile Awards Ceremony at
Emperor’s Palace, where Travis
was duly honoured for his 16th
overall place in South Africa and
2nd place in Grade 11. All his
expenses were paid for by the
South African Agency for Science
and the National Research
Due to Travis’ superlative
achievement in the National Science
Olympiad, he has also been invited to write the South African Institute of Physics Olympiad on the 3rd of August 2015, a prestigious competition for crème de la crème students. The School is extremely proud of this scintillating scientist!