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Monday, 7 November 2016
Page: 3047

Mr VAN MANEN (FordeGovernment Whip) (16:09): I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Canterbury College year 11 student William Glass, who has been chosen to represent South Brisbane at the National Youth Science Forum. William is one of the many outstanding students in my electorate who are achieving great things. The forum will be held in Canberra over 12 days in January and will engage students in different areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At a time when our government is focused on helping young Australians develop their STEM skills, this forum will really be STEM in action. The forum helps students moving into year 12 who wish to follow careers in science, engineering and technology by introducing them to research and researchers, by encouraging the achievement of excellence in all their undertakings and by helping to develop their communication and interpersonal skills. William was chosen after a process which included district interviews and an interactive task, after being endorsed by the Rotary Club of Beenleigh. He has selected physics as his main subject for the trip. I congratulate William and wish him all the best on his pending trip to Canberra. He is a great example of the hardworking and committed students in the electorate of Forde who are achieving tremendous things each and every day.