Budding scientist Ella seeking support

Congratulations to former Casuarina student Ella Burgun, who this year became Coffs Harbour Senior College’s first female school president in 12 years after being a member of the Student Representative Group in 2018.

Ella, one of many Casuarina alumni excelling both educationally and in their chosen careers, is looking to raise funds to enable her to participate in the prestigious London International Youth Science Forum in July 2019.

The Forum is a two-week residential student event held at Imperial College London and The Royal Geographical Society, with lecture demonstrations from leading scientists and visits to world class laboratories and universities combined with cultural interaction. It attracts 500 students aged 16-21 years old from 70 countries. Ella is one of only 25 students representing Australia at this event and this is a huge honour for her.

Anyone who can help Ella towards the $7100 required, through either corporate sponsorship or donation, can visit her fundraising page here.

Ella, who has a passion for science, her community, youth and equality, has already achieved a great deal in her school and regional community.

Among a long list of accomplishments for one so young, she has received the NSW Premier’s Award for Volunteering; is the retiring President of Rotary’s Coffs Harbour Interact group after being a founding member in 2015; and represented Coffs Harbour at the 2019 National Youth Science Forum at the Australian National University, where she has been invited back in 2020 as an organising staff member.

Looking to the future, Ella is hoping to study for either a Bachelor of Science and Diploma of Music at Melbourne University, or a Bachelor of Science at the Australian National University, depending on her Higher School Certificate results.

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