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Tue 21, Aug 2018

The AIA Junior Science Achievement Award (medal & book), plus two runner-up book prizes were awarded at the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Food’s (DAF) Hermitage Research Facility (HRF) at Warwick last Tuesday.

Presenting the awards on AIA’s behalf were Brendan Ryan (Chair, AIA Queensland Division) and David Lloyd (Awards Committee representative, AIA Queensland Division).

AIA has been a sponsor/supporter of the DAF HRF Schools Plant Science Competition since inception 22 years ago. The 2018 competition theme was ‘Game of Drones’, with complex drone programming and application requirements setting a serious competition task set for the older school age-groups - to which they excelled.  Some tremendous outcomes!  

The winner of the AIA prize for Year 8, judged independently by DAF staff at HRF, was Michelle Springolo (Year 8 - Groves Christian College of Distance Education) with William Nason & Byron Farrington (Year 8 - Toowoomba Grammar School) being the joint runners-up.  Michelle also won last year in a study of soils, despite a very large competitive field then too! 

This has been an ‘early encouragement’ program for AIA in advance recruitment of future agricultural scientists and technologists(!), and it was great to see such enthusiasm. The AIA Queensland Division recognises the fruitful partnerships made with institutions such as HRF in supporting students in agriculture, and thanks the competition organiser, Kerrie Rubie, for facilitating our ongoing support.

Find out more about the competition here.


Michelle Springolo (winner) William Nason & Byron Farrington (runners-up) with Brendan Ryan (AIA). Image courtesy Qld DAF.


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