A team of seven Esperance Primary School students is preparing to take on some of the brightest and most creative young minds in Australasia, including teams from Hong Kong and Singapore, after winning the State final of the applied technology section in the Tournament of the Minds competition.
The team, comprising Joe Quinlivan, Hayley Revell, Jesse Marshall, Olivia Withers, Samantha Crisp, Kasey Corry and Katie-Nell Quinlivan, was one of five teams representing Esperance schools that took part in the competition held at the University of Western Australia last Sunday.
About 30 parents, teachers and supporters also made the 1450km round-trip to Perth to cheer on the teams.
It was the largest contingent of students ever to represent Esperance in the competition since it started in 1993.
Esperance Primary School principal Lisa Helenius said it was the first time an applied technology team had won the State final for the school after only competing in the category over the past three years.
Ms Helenius said it was a very exciting result for the students who were selected from years five to seven.