WINNER: Elsie Gonzalez
WINNER: Elsie Gonzalez
WINNER: Elsie Gonzalez

A LOCAL science technician has won a prestigious international award.

Elsie Gonzalez, Science Technician at Bayside School, has been awarded the ‘Gratnells Science Technician of the Year’ prize in its ‘International School’ section.

The award includes a trophy and prize with a value of almost £2,000.

‘I feel very honoured to have received this award. I have been at Bayside for 26 years, and this is like my second family,” she said.

She continued that she would use her prizes to buy new equipment for the science department to engage students more.

Minister for Education Dr John Cortes, said: “I am delighted and hugely proud of Elsie. She is an extremely committed technician and a great personality who greatly values her work especially in how it helps our young people in progressing in science at school.”

Bayside School opened in 1972 after four schools merged to create an institution for boys between the ages of 12 and 18.

There are around 1,000 students, 65 teachers and 18 ancillary staff.