Top honour for science talent Shoshana Rapley

FEELING BLESSED: Shoshana Rapley is off to Israel for the World Science Conferences.  Picture: Ryan Osland
FEELING BLESSED: Shoshana Rapley is off to Israel for the World Science Conferences. Picture: Ryan Osland

SHE is the 16-year-old Hunter biology prodigy who has been selected for national and international science study programs and forums since discovering her passion three years ago.

But St Philip’s Christian College’s Shoshana Rapley will be in unparalleled esteemed academic company when she heads to Israel later this year for the World Science Conference. 

Shoshana – who is sitting her Higher School Certificate this year – will be present for a four-day gathering of Nobel Laureates, scientists and academics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

The conference provides seven Australian high school students the opportunity to listen to some of the world’s most brilliant scientific minds. 

The Fletcher teenager sat the Rio Tinto Big Science Competition last year, receiving a high distinction and an invitation to apply for the Asian Science Camp in Singapore.

She was successful again, but due to her knowledge, hard work and character was given the choice of heading to Singapore or Israel for the World Science Conference, which is being held in conjunction with the Nobel Conference for Science and Technology.

‘‘I’m really blessed to have all these opportunities, I think some people don’t know these things are available,’’ Shoshana said. 

 Her scientific endeavours over the years have not been cheap and she faces a hectic 2014 as she travels, studies for her HSC and furiously raises funds. 

Shoshana wanted to thank the Waratah Lions Club for funding her trip to Canberra in the past. 

To support Shoshana email Helen Baber at helen.baber@spcc.nsw.edu.au or phone 0404256493.