ACADEMIC REWARD: Lilly Rayner is one of only 11 Queensland high school students to win a trip to Japan as part of the inaugural STEM Student Study Tour.
ACADEMIC REWARD: Lilly Rayner is one of only 11 Queensland high school students to win a trip to Japan as part of the inaugural STEM Student Study Tour. Sophie Lester

Warwick student rewarded for STEM success

STUDYING Japanese and science has won Lilly Rayner the trip of a lifetime.

The Year 10 Warwick State High School student has been rewarded for her academic efforts in STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and maths - with a trip to Japan.

Eleven students from across Queensland selected for the inaugural study tour and will travel to Hiroshima and Kyoto state high schools for the 10-day program.

They will be immersed in a language and cultural environment and experience how STEM subjects are taught internationally.

Lilly said she was surprised to learn she had won the placement early last week.

"I'm actually going to Japan for the school trip in a few weeks' time but I'm so excited to be able to go back at the end of the year and learn more about science in Japan," Lilly said.

"I hosted a Japanese exchange student last year so I'm really excited to experience the food and culture and meeting different people in Japan.

"I was nominated by my Japanese teacher (Lucian Giles-Duffy) for the competition and had to write an essay on the challenges of working in STEM subjects and why I wanted the opportunity."

The Department of Education and Training in collaboration with Japanese Boards of Education, will provide participants with return airfares and homestay accommodation and in-school experiences.

Studying Japanese for four years, Lilly said she was thrilled to nurture her language skills and passion for science in another country.

"I'm doing digital technology and science at the moment and next year I'll do chemistry and biology," she said.

"I'm not certain but I think I'd like to study medicine, or maybe psychology or pathology when I leave school.

"I find the human body really interesting and you get to help people and you can still be creative.

"And it's great I've been able to show what little Warwick can achieve."



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