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Hermitage teenager to battle for title Young Scientist of the Year 2014

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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A  HERMITAGE teenager will next year battle for the title of Young Scientist of the Year 2014. Annabel Hollins, aged 17, is to compete in the two-day final of the National Science and Engineering Competition, at Birmingham NEC, on March 13 and 14. A pupil at The Downs School, Compton, Annabel said that her teachers, fellow pupils and family were all proud of her achievement and like herself, very excited at the prospect of the competition which attended by 70,000 people last year, with judges including the physicist Prof Brian Cox. Annabel entered the competition after recently completing a work placement at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, with a focus on neurobiology and brain scans. The work placement was overseen by the Nuffield Foundation, who afterwards awarded her a gold Crest certificate and sent her a leaflet about the competition, encouraging her to enter. The Crest awards are part of the British Science Association’s range of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) enrichment activities aim to inspire and engage 5-19 year olds. Annabel is currently concentrating on her biology, chemistry and mathematics A-levels, having received offers from Newcastle and Exeter universities to study biomedical science, which she hopes will lead to a career in scientific research. “I hope to eventually find a cure for something, such as Alzheimers,” she said. Her mother, Sara Hollins, said it was encouraging to see a girl doing well in science subjects, which generally proved more popular with boys.” “She must have been switched at birth, as I did arts,” she joked. 

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