Once in a lifetime in Israel



Only five of New Zealand’s brightest science students were selected to attend the World Science Conference in Israel recently, with Jack Boulton of Pukekohe High School being one of them.

Described by the year 13 student as a once in a life time opportunity, Jack was selected by the Royal Society of New Zealand after his science teacher encouraged him to apply.
Jack, who is a promising student with great academic and sporting results, was surprised when he was asked to attend the all expenses paid trip. “I was stoked to be selected. Meeting like-minded students and science professionals who are in a complete league of their own was just amazing. It was an experience that money couldn’t buy.”
Held at the beginning of August, the World Scientific Conference was the biggest of its kind, and saw 400 promising young scientists from around the world participate in the intensive, week long programme.
“There were 15 Nobel Prize lecturers from various fields and we were lucky enough to hear them speak. I was inspired to hear their stories and what they have achieved so far.”
Jack also explained how much he enjoyed learning about the culture, which at times was overwhelming.
“When we arrived, we were taken through the old city of Jerusalem. Just walking through the streets, you realise that you are walking through a city that is 1000s of years old. How lucky am I to experience this?”
Jack would like to thank the Royal Society of New Zealand and the teachers in the Science faculty at Pukekohe High School for the opportunity.
“After an amazing trip, I have had to come back to reality and knuckle down for exams. A huge thank you is required for my science teachers, who helped me with my application.”

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