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In Pictures: Portlaoise student gearing up for international science competition in Botswana

Anyone who excels on the international stage is worthy of mention – and Asma Zulfiqar certainly falls into that category.

The Transition Year student, from Scoil Chriost Ri, will jet off to Botswana on Saturday to take part in the international Science Olympiad finals.

The competition is designed for the four to six best secondary school students from each participating country selected through internal National Science Olympiads.

Students are chosen based on their Junior Certificate results.

Scoil Chriost Rí had two participants in the Science Olympiad medals at the finals in DCU on Saturday, October 20 – Asma Zulfiqar and Angela Hee.

There were 400 Junior Certificate 2018 students invited to participate in the event.

At the Irish Junior Science Olympiad competition, Transition Year student Asma Zulfiqar was awarded one of three silver medals and secured her place at the international final.

Meanwhile, Angela Hee just missed out on the trip to Botswana as she received a bronze medal.

This morning in Scoil Chriost Ri, principal Helen O’Donnell led the tributes to Asma as the school presented her with a contribution towards her trip to Botswanna.

She paid tribute to maths teacher Mr Philip Falvey and science teacher Ms Dympna Nolan who taught Asma for her Junior Cert years.

And Asma herself is really looking forward to her trip which will see her travel to Africa for ten days.

Asma said: “When I go over there, I will have to sit three more tests.

“One is one my own, one is as part of a group and the other one is an experiment.

“They take place over three days and then the other days I will have free to go on trips and take in what Botswana has to offer.

“I am really excited to go and hope to go for gold.”

Asma Zulfiqar
Mr Philip Falvey, Ms June O’Brien, Principal Helen O’Donnell, Deputy Anne Dollard, Ms Dympna Nolan, Deputy Bill Coolahan, Angela Hee and Asma Zulfiqar
Mr Philip Falvey,, Principal Helen O’Donnell, Ms Dympna Nolan, Angela Hee and Asma Zulfiqar
Angela Hee and Asma Zulfiqar

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