THIS O’Connor Catholic College school captain is no stranger to public speaking.
SPEAKING UP: Laura Sharman won Zonta Club of Armidale’s award in recognition of her community involvement and push for women in STEM fields.
Laura Sharman has been awarded the Zonta Club of Armidale’s award for a young woman in public affairs.
The talented 17-year-old was selected after an interview and application process in late 2015. She was awarded $350 and presented a talk during a presentation dinner last week.
Laura was chosen based on her leadership roles and community involvement, which include being school captain, a youth leader, selling Legacy badges and publishing a creative writing magazine with her school friends.
She is also a passionate feminist and hopes to study at the Australian National University and complete a PhD in science.
“I focused a lot [in my application] on advocating for women in STEM fields because that’s something I personally can connect with, especially with feminism you have to go from a personal standpoint first,” Laura said.
“I’m doing physics and chemistry and then last year as a part of an acceleration program I completed my HSC in extension one and two maths which was great.
“I love maths.”
Laura will now be considered for the regional award, and if she is successful, will continue on to the international selection.
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