BRIGHT FUTURE: Tannum Sands State High School student Jenni Mercer’s aspirations of studying veterinary science have moved a step closer after she was awarded the prestigious Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Science.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Tannum Sands State High School student Jenni Mercer’s aspirations of studying veterinary science have moved a step closer after she was awarded the prestigious Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Science. Kelli Downey

Science star wins awards

IT has been a good few days for Jenni Mercer – very good to say the least.

The Tannum Sands State High School star student is shining a whole lot brighter after earning herself two major accolades in almost as many days.

Her biggest honour came on Monday when the 17-year-old was announced as a recipient of the prestigious Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science.

Jenni was one of only 10 students from across Queensland to earn the Outstanding Senior Science Student Award and in turn receive $2000 to go towards tertiary education.

And that was just the icing on the cake for Jenni, who last weekend returned from Coolum Beach with the crown of Quota International Student of the Year for District 34.

“I’ve won $4000 in four days so that’s not bad ... it all goes towards uni,” Jenni said.

“I am obviously delighted with everything that has happened over the past few days.”

Recognising outstanding and innovative contributions to science and science education, the Peter Doherty Awards encourage more Queenslanders to pursue careers in science, engineering, technology and innovation.

And that is just what Jenni has aspirations of doing by studying veterinary science at the University of Queensland next year.

Needing an OP1 to be accepted in the five-year course, Jenni said there was little time to celebrate her recent success with her focus currently on completing school assessment pieces.

“Like they say, ‘there’s no rest for the wicked’,” Jenni said.



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