OBERON High School student Sancia Moran attended the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Award ceremony at Dubbo Senior College last Thursday.
The ceremony is held annually and successful nominees from a range of high schools across the western region are invited to attend.
The awards recognise students who have demonstrated either high academic results or a passion for science in their senior years of schooling.
As part of her award, Sancia has been invited to tour the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney.
Sancia was nominated for her completion of physics via the compressed mode of learning and earth and environmental science by distance education. This year she will study chemistry via the compressed mode.
She has participated in the University of NSW Mining Summer School and has been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra in January.
Alastair Stewart proudly presented the awards on behalf of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
The award is named in honour of Victor Chang, the world-leading cardiac surgeon and pioneer of Australian cardiothoracic surgery and research in Australia who was shot dead in 1991.
Sancia has a goal of being a mining engineer and is focusing her HSC efforts on achieving this aim.
“This year I have completed three HSC subjects and will tackle another three for completion in 2019,” she said.
“I plan to attend university straight out of school and my dream course is mining engineering at UNSW. I know that has an expected ATAR of 92.
"I have always had a keen interest in science and as I work through my schooling, I also have a natural ability that I have strengthened through commitment and hard work.
"I have sought to participate in programs such as the UNSW Mining Summer School and National Youth Science Forum."
Sancia has been recognised by her school community for her academic and community achievements.
"I have been an active member of my local community," she said.