Cecilia's over the moon

Cecilia's over the moon_story4Writing an essay about Saturn’s fourth moon, Hyperion, would present a challenge for most people!

But it was a challenge Cecilia, a Year 8 student at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College in Braybrook, was prepared to take on. And for her efforts Cecilia defeated other participants to win the Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay competition (Year 7/8), resulting in a visit to her school by world renowned Spanish astrophysicist, Dr Angel Rafael Lopez-Sanchez.

Two other Catholic students were successful. Annalise from Genazzano FCJ College, Kew, won the Year 5/6 category and another Genazzano student, Alicia, was the Year 9/10 winner.

Cecilia said she wrote about Hyperion because it was such a ‘unique moon’. ‘It matches my personality, unique,’ Cecilia quipped. ‘I was really excited by Dr Lopez-Sanchez’s visit. I was interested to learn from him how to get into the field of science.’

Dr Lopez-Sanchez spoke to the students in Cecilia’s science class. Cecilia’s interest in science was sparked by her teacher Jaqueline Dixon, who commented, ‘Cecilia wrote a quality essay and the award was just reward for all of her hard work.’

Dr Lopez-Sanchez, who is currently working at the Australian Astronomical Observatory and Macquarie University in Sydney, is famous for his research into star formations in galaxies, especially dwarf starbursts and spiral galaxies.

Photo courtesy Tara Stubbs.