Waikato Diocesan School student Nikita Lyons (Year 13) has been named as one of just four students to represent New Zealand at the International Biology Olympiad being held in Vietnam in July. This is the second year in a row that Nikita has made the New Zealand team, last year bringing home an individual Bronze medal from the international Science competition.
Earlier this year, Nikita and fellow Dio student, Chelsea Lin (Year 12), were both awarded Silver Awards in the New Zealand International Biology Olympiad (NZIBO) selection exam and as a result qualified to attend the Training & Selection Camp held 17-25 April. Only 16 students from throughout New Zealand were selected, all with marks of 49 or greater in the exam.
During the camp, students sat a three-hour practical exam and a three-hour theory exam that covered all the material in the IBO syllabus. On the basis of performance in the assessments and personal attributes, a team of four students was then selected to represent New Zealand at the prestigious International Biology Olympiad competition.
The NZIBO fosters interest, participation, and excellence in Biology through the participation of secondary school students in the New Zealand Biology Olympiad Programme. The Programme provides University level education in Biology to those students selected to participate in the online tutorial programme.