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MARTY Hemphill is not your average Year 11 student.

He is a champion rower, accomplished swimmer, Australia Day duathlon winner, Daily Examiner Sports Star and does not do too badly at his educational pursuits.

For his Year 10 exams, Marty topped his year in all subjects except English, where he came second. He admits English is not his strong suit.

He also plays in a rock band that won the Grafton Youth Week Battle of the Bands.

The unassuming Grafton High School student was this week notified he had won a scholarship to the prestigious 2005 Professor Harry Messel International Science School to study with some of the top science students from the United States, England, New Zealand and Asia at Sydney University from July 3-16.

Last year he won selection to a science gifted and talented workshop at the university, but this year his scholarship will cover air fares to and from the event.

"I won't have to catch the train this year," he said.

"I am hoping I will be able to catch up with a few of the people I met last year.

"I have been staying in contact with a few of them."

Marty said he had been nominated for the scholarship by his physics teacher, Ian O'Loughlin, and his selection was based on his School Certificate results and references from Grafton High School principal, Colin Lang.

The teenage student is hoping that his scientific prowess will one day lead to work in the scientific field, perhaps with organisations like the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) or BHP.

"I hope to get a physics or chemistry scholarship," he said.

"I would really like to do anything in physics and chemistry that is hands-on.

"I like hands-on discovery."

He will be tutored by some of Australia's leading science tutors and the program includes guest appearances by science and media personality, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. The theme for the science school is Waves of the Future.

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