Jennifer Boue was presented with her Peter Doherty Award by Murgon State High School principal Simon Cotton on Wednesday (Photo: MSHS)

September 15, 2021

A special presentation was made at Murgon State High School’s weekly parade on Wednesday to a former staff member who retired recently.

Jennifer Boue was presented with a prestigious Peter Doherty Award for Outstanding STEM Support Officer.

The State Government award recognises her work as a laboratory technician at the school since 2013.

Jennifer was nominated for the statewide award by Murgon SHS’s Acting Head of Department (Maths & Science) Erica Marschall.

“We’re very proud of Jenny and this achievement,” Erica said.

“Jenny has retired this term, and this has been the perfect way to recognise all of her hard work and achievements over her time here at Murgon State High.

“She has been a mentor to teachers, supported them in their STEM endeavours, and has most importantly always put the students first in all of the work that she does – by supporting them with experiments for their assessment and supporting them on excursions and events such as STEM Gala Day.

“She is very much loved and admired by all staff and students, and will be greatly missed.

“We hope that she thoroughly enjoys her retirement – it is well earned!”

The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence – which recognise students, teachers, schools and support staff from across Queensland – were announced by Education Minister Grace Grace last week.

“Looking at the list of winners, it’s clear that our students and teachers are doing amazing things in the STEM space,” Ms Grace said.

Nineteen students and six teachers from across the State as well as the University of Queensland and Thuringowa State High School also received the $5000 prize.

“I congratulate the 28 winners on receiving this award which acknowledges outstanding achievements, enthusiasm and contributions to STEM in schools and communities,” Ms Grace said.

The awards celebrate the life and on-going work of Brisbane-born Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Prof Peter Doherty.

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