Merton Student becomes UK Young Scientist of the Year

A Merton student has been crowned the UK Young Scientist of the Year for 2016 at the The Big Bang Fair. Roxanne El-Hady of Ricards Lodge Secondary School was presented with the prestigious award at the NEC arena in Birmingham.

To win the award, Roxanne created a project investigating climate change which she entered into the National Science and Engineering Competition.

Roxanne was invited to demonstrate her work, alongside other finalists, at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair which saw over 70,000 people from across the UK attend the ceremony. With a panel of celebrities and science professionals Roxanne’s project came out victorious.

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Roxanne El-Hady (far left) with other winners at the Big Bang Fair

Roxanne will now take on the role of an ambassador for science, attending events throughout the year to connect with the Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) industry and to inspire other young people to pursue science. Roxanne is currently in her final year studying A levels in chemistry, geography and maths at RR6, the joint Sixth Form of Ricards Lodge and Rutlish based in the borough. She is hoping to study earth sciences/geology at Bristol, UCL or Edinburgh University.

Director of Children, Schools and Families, Yvette Stanley said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Roxanne. Not only has she done herself proud, it is a great feat for Ricards and for Merton. I hope she keeps up her enthusiasm of science and it leads her into a successful career as well as inspire other pupils to pursue the subjects they find most interesting.”

Headteacher of Ricards Lodge, Alison Jerrard, said: “I am thrilled for and very proud of Roxanne’s achievement. She has worked extremely hard throughout her 7 years at Ricards and thoroughly deserves this award. I have no doubt that as we watch her move onward to University and into the work place she is going to have a big impact on the STEM industries. She really is a successful woman of the future.”