Boyne Island school students James Rudder, Ebony Yasso, Meg McDermott, Jessica Ritter and Clea McEwan (not pictured) receive honours in the Rockhampton Regional Opti-minds Challenge.
Boyne Island school students James Rudder, Ebony Yasso, Meg McDermott, Jessica Ritter and Clea McEwan (not pictured) receive honours in the Rockhampton Regional Opti-minds Challenge.

Honours for bright Boyne minds

THEY are some of the brightest young minds in Central Queensland and now they can prove it.

Five students from Boyne Island State School have proved experience doesn’t matter when it comes to contesting the 2010 Rockhampton Regional Opti-minds Challenge.

Clea McKewan, Meg McDermott, Jessica Ritter, James Rudder and Ebony Yasso claimed second position after receiving honours in the challenge,

contested in Rockhampton on August 28.

Aptly titled the “Whizz Kids”, the group was pipped by Frenchville State School, but placed ahead of Lakes Creek State School in the social science category of the challenge.

As part of the challenge the team was required to research four natural resources and

design a new system of

government to share out these resources evenly.

They needed to work well as a team to overcome challenges while also designing costumes and props to support their long-term task, Imagine.

Teacher Donna White said this was the first time Boyne Island State School had

competed in the challenge.

“Although we were competing against schools from across Central Queensland that have been involved in the Opti-minds Challenge for up to 10 years, we scored extremely high and received honours,” Ms White said.

“The students have been working hard during their enrichment and extended learning sessions preparing for this.”



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