• A rose blooms among the thorns

    by  • July 8, 2013 • Harriet Persse, reporters, stories • 0 Comments

    Meriem Chaabani
    Meriem Chaabani from Tunisia is one of the seven female contestants competing in this year’s competition.

    This year’s IOI has 315 registered participants, only seven of whom are girls.

    Meriem Chaabani from Team Tunisia is not intimidated to be competing against such a large number of boys.

    “I like being one of the few girls in the competition,” she said .

    “Although I am nervous, it will mean more to win a medal”.

    Not only is it the Tunisian team’s first year in the competition but it is the first time overseas for Meriem.

    “My favourite thing is the beautiful nature here in Brisbane.” said Meriem.

    After studying informatics for three years during school she is excited to finally put her knowledge into practice.

    Meriem was selected after competing in a national competition in Tunisia against 80 people.

    She hopes to study engineering or computer science next year at university.


    Harriet Persse is currently in her fourth and final year of a Bachelor of Journalism/Communications with a major in Public Relations. Throughout her degree she has undertaken internships at Carla Zampatti, Channel Nine, The Good Guide and Multiple Sclerosis Queensland. Harriet will be graduating in November of this year and hopes to pursue a career in Public Relations.

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