For students that excel in the sciences, the International Science Youth Forum is an annual science enrichment program for young adults from all over the globe. Hosted by Hwa Chong, it invites 2 staples students to participate in a weeklong series of cross-cultural exchanges, attend masterclasses taught by eminent scientists, and dialogues held by Nobel laureates. Notable speakers included Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Minister for Education, and Sir Tim Hunt, winner of a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Sarah Barnett ’17 was selected to attend ISYF this past January, presenting her research on colonoscopy methods to a panel of judges. “I loved meeting people who were so different from me and yet, we connected so well, united by a shared passion for science and learning” Barnett said, when asked to reflect on her forum experience.
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Along with the exchange, the agenda for this summer involves sending three top-performing Juniors to represent Staples in the Hwa Chong Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Summit in July. The Summit only takes students described as “both high performing students AND interested in world affairs with a special interest in Asia,” the Staples World Language page states.
Jackson Delgado’17 plans on attending, and thinks “it will be really exciting to interact with other motivated kids our age from all around the world.” Alongside this, he looks forward to the international experience, adding that it will be great experiencing a culture “so vastly different from ours here.”
Staples and Hwa Chong have formed a joint path towards producing excellent students who will certainly contribute vastly to the world on the global stage. For students looking to get involved, check out the World Language page along with special updates from the administration. Happy jet-setting!