2015 is the year of the successful launch of a new prize, the “Scientific Spirit Award” for students in their last year of secondary school.

This award is meant to recognize those students who approach every aspect of their lives with a scientific spirit. Students whose passion for science goes beyond the classroom and the school, who are eager to investigate, to question, to further understand the world around them and who do all this with curiosity, open-mindedness, resilience, creativity and enthusiasm.

As soon as presented, Y12 students applied or were nominated for the award. A criteria-based process of selection was implemented and after a period of three months, Miranda Sessarego-Aurich and Victoria Sciandro were chosen as the first recipients of the “Scientific Spirit Award”.

Thanks to the support of former students from the class of ’64 who were the pioneers, and the classes of '60, ’61 ‘63 & ’66 who followed them, the awardees received as a prize a trip to participate in the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF 2015 http://www.liysf.org.uk/liysf-2015 ) that was held at the Imperial College in London during the winter holidays. I thank them for supporting the trip and for giving Victoria and Miranda the opportunity of having this lifelong scientific experience with more than 400 students from all over the world. They were the first participants from Argentina in this Forum.

Victoria and Miranda were amazed by the experience they lived during the Forum. They attended lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visited industrial sites, research centers, scientific institutions and organizations, including world class laboratories and universities.  One of the things that stroke them most was the opportunity to meet young people like themselves that might become renowned scientists in the near future.

I hope this award becomes part of the School history and tradition.


Patricia Benmergui

Head of Science