Warwick Senior High School student recipient of national Indigenous STEM award

Growing up Alana Dooley wanted to be an astronaut, but as she got older this changed to needing to understand space rather than going there.

The Warwick Senior High School Year 12 student and aspiring astrophysicist was recently recognised as the national recipient of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student STEM Achievement Award as part of the Indigenous STEM Awards. While in Melbourne for the announcement, she was invited to join a panel to discuss the future of STEM and STEM education.

A champion of STE(A)M at Warwick Senior High School, Alana leads by example and encourages others to embrace all opportunities. Alana has been selected for and participated in numerous programs including the CSIRO Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (QLD), National Indigenous Summer School (ACT), Nura Gili Indigenous Winter School (NSW), National Youth Science Forum (ACT) and in 2019 was one of 130 students from 9 countries to attend the Harry Messel International Science School in Sydney. To further her passion in STEM, especially for astrophysics, Alana also secured work placements at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and with CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS).

Alana Dooley is a Nunga woman whose family ties are in South Australia. Growing up on Noongar land, she embraces every opportunity to learn more about culture, such as through traditional dance.

Funded by the BHP Billiton Foundation and delivered by CSIRO, the awards recognise the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, teachers and scientists, to inspire more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies and careers.

There are a total of twelve awards over seven categories that cover high school and undergraduate students, STEM professionals, schools, teachers and mentors.

Emysen Robinson, Freda AhSam – Super W Rugby Union Team

Emysen Robinson, Freda AhSam, Lani Lawrence-Beattie – Wanneroo Diva Rugby Union Team

Sporting Achievements

Congratulations to two Year 12 Warwick students, Emysen Robinson and Frieda Ah Sam who have both been selected in RugbyWA Women’s squad for the 2020 Super W season.

Three of Warwick’s Year 12 students Lani Lawrence-Beattie, Emysen Robinson and Frieda Ah Sam will also be playing for Wanneroo Diva Rugby Union team this year.

We wish these young ladies a successful season!

Youth of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Chris Southall (Year 11) and Alana Dooley (Year 12), who participated in the Lions Club of Duncraig round of the Youth of the Year Award on Wednesday 26 February 2020. Both Chris and Alana acquitted themselves well, with Alana winning the night’s public speaking award.

Congratulations to you both!

Chris Southall and Alana Dooley