team 00206 proudly presents our four team members, primary
coach and subcoach:
Name : Zhi Yong (16) - Yr 12 Student, Middlemount
Role : Team leader, management of work flow,
coordination and assembly of website.
Zhi Yong, known as 'Vicky' by all her friends, is
one of the two girls who began this website as a challenge
against the limitations of living in a rural area.
Her home town of Middlemount, a small mining town
with a population of 3000 - three hours drive from
|city, has a total of 27
grade 12 students enrolled in the local P-12 school.
With chinese heritage and a sometimes strong headed
passion for doing what seems unachievable, Vicky does
three virtual schooling and two distance education subjects,
which have taught her self discipline and determination.Teaming
up with Ashlee and being able to find two other team
members who shared the same enjoyment for challenging
the limits of possibility, has become her sole reason
for entering Thinkquest. Despite never having taken
IPT, Vicky's interest in computers has brought her quite
far. Thinkquest has really made her appreciate what
the strengths and persistence of each member can combine
Name : Ashlee (16) - Yr 12 Student, Middlemount
Role : Research, planning and full content
write up of website in english.
Ashlee has spent 10 years of her life in Middlemount
and often gone with the flow in school, never having
dreamt it were possible to establish her own website.
Teaming up with Vicky, her belief in this possibility
began to grow as she worked away on the content write
|up through the summer holidays.
Ashlee comes from a large family of eight and enjoys
reading, dancing, horse riding and piano. Her biggest
wish is to finally go overseas one day, having never
left Australian borders and wants to become a travel
journalist.The biggest difficulty of her role was definitely
the lack of resources available in Middlemount, with
not one suitable book found in the public library, no
forensic science lab (there are two policemen in the
whole town) and thus left the internet as the main source
of information. Learning to believe in herself has been
the greatest achievement from entering Thinkquest and
something she will still have with her even after the
Name : Xiao Qing (17) - Student, Guangzhou
Xiguang Pui Ying Middle School.
Role : Translation of website contents into
Qing Qing is a studious chinese girl and one of the
only overseas correspondents who did not yield to
the pressure of deadlines and distance. She is studying
in Guangzhou Xiguang Pui Ying Middle School and has
entered Thinkquest as a chance to become more mature
and raise her own self discipline. She favours sports
body mechanics and swimming, and likes surfing the internet,
chatting and playing games in her free time. Through
doing this project, Qing has gained precious experience
and worked with a wonderful team of students from Australia.
Name : Lea (18) - Undergraduate, Univeristy
of Technology, Sydney.
Role : Translation of website contents into
Lea is 18 years old, now living in Sydney and studying
at UTS. She plays four different musical instruments
and is in a band with her brother and sisters. Her
favourite sports are horse riding, swimming and tennis
and once competed in the Australian Trampoline Championships
as a state finalist. She loves movies, acting and
design. German was her favourite subject at school,
and she achieved the top Yr 12 results here. In a group,
she also won the State German Competition in 2001 and
has done the german version of this site to further
her german skills. As a late team partner, the greatest
challenge was the time pressure and getting access to
a computer whilst on a worldtrip. Besides the interesting
learning curve of the subject matter it was great fun
for her to use German again.
Name : Irene Jackson
Role : Assistant Coach - providing support
with german translation and valuable general guidance.
Mrs Irene Jackson (Frau Jackson) is currently a maths
teacher, who has previously taught german, computer
studies and social studies during her teaching career.
Originating from South Africa, she is a very dedicated
teacher, who never gives up on her students. Mrs Jackson
taught in Middlemount over five years ago, but kept
Zhi Yong, on who's request, she immediately agreed to
take on the role of study coach. She lives in a small
town on the coast of Queensland, about four hours drive
from Middlemount. Through the entire journey, we were
most grateful for the support she gave us through email
correspondence, particularly to check our german and
give suggestions for the site. Despite the lack of contact
due to the circumstances, we could always rely on her
to be there for us. Danke schön - thankyou.
Name : Mr Donald Thomas - Head of Resource
Centre, Middlemount Community School.
Role : Primary Coach, providing the team with
invaluable sources of information and guidance.
Don Thomas is a teacher with almost thirty years
experience. He has skills and expertise in the areas
of technology and library, having undertaken postgraduate
courses in librarianship and computer education. He
is always willing to assist students who are
motivated in achieving extra skills and knowledge outside
of the expected school curriculum. Don has acquired
a wealth of experience that he is able to call upon
in all areas of teaching. His interests include sport,
photography and interactive games. The team wish to
express their gratitude towards the effort Mr Thomas
has made to ensure we could put the site together in
time, particularly with regards to finding the necessary
resources and believing in us from the moment we first
approached him. Thankyou.
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