Gifted girls shine

Emily SharpSound Telegraph
Monique Sherwood, 12, Molly Gregg, 13, Venessa Figredo, 13, Jessica Rowe, 13, Th Mai Ann Pham, 12, Cobie Legaspi, 12, amd Brooke Delamant, 12, after the challenge.
Camera IconMonique Sherwood, 12, Molly Gregg, 13, Venessa Figredo, 13, Jessica Rowe, 13, Th Mai Ann Pham, 12, Cobie Legaspi, 12, amd Brooke Delamant, 12, after the challenge. Credit: Emily Sharp

Seven Rockingham girls have proven their abilities at a national competition with a focus on creative thinking and sustainability.

The Kolbe Catholic College students took part in the Opti-Minds Challenge and won regional and State finals in the literature and language division, before winning silverin the national competition.

Gifted and talented co-ordinator Emma Edmonds said she was incredibly proud of the girls, especially given their age.

“The girls were very excited and they had never done the challenge before, they were competing against students that were in Year 9 who had done it for a number of years so they did fantastically well,” she said.

The students competed against 12 teams from across Australia completing two challenges.

One was a spontaneous task, where they had to think on their feet and the other a long-term activity where they were given three hours to come up with a response.

“All the girls are in the gifted and talented program at Kolbe and are really high flyers — they will compete again next year,” Ms Edmonds said.

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