Grafton High School Year 12 student Fraser Hemphill will travel to London for a two-week science forum.
Grafton High School Year 12 student Fraser Hemphill will travel to London for a two-week science forum. JoJo Newby

Science whiz gets ready for London

IN ALMOST five months, Fraser Hemphill will board a London-bound plane all in the name of science.

The Grafton High School vice-captain is one of six Australians heading to the UK to participate in the London International Youth Science Forum.

The trip follows a convincing submission, made after attending the National Youth Science Fair in Canberra, detailing his interests in science, mathematics and other hobbies.

More than 2000 people worldwide, between the ages of 17 and 21, applied for the international program, with a mere 432 accepted.

“Switzerland was my first choice but I got London and I am really happy with that,” Fraser said.

During the two-week program, Fraser will be put through his scientific paces, visiting universities as well as seeing some of the normal tourist sites.

The only thing worrying Fraser about the experience is that the trip is for the exact two weeks of his trial Higher School Certificate exams, which, of course, he is aiming to get top marks in.

“I can’t go to CHS (Combined High Schools) squash because of it either but it is well worth it,” he said.

“I’ve never been overseas so that’s pretty exciting too.”

Next year Fraser hopes to study science or engineering at The University of New South Wales or The University of Queensland.

As well as studying, playing squash and rowing, Fraser has to think up ways to raise $9750 it will cost to get him to the UK. “I’ve got a few ideas and raffles organised,” he said.



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