A TOTAL of four pupils from Raisethorpe High School have been selected to represent the country abroad this year in the International Science Olympiad fields.Of the four boys, Abishek Budram and Yeshan Naidoo will be competing in the Chemistry Olympiad in Prague (Chezoslavakia) while Muhammad Bayat will be in Iran for the Biology Olympiad, with Rucille Ramlall jetting off to Portugal for the Physics Olympiad. With the final year of school looming over their heads as well as having to prepare for the International Olympiad, the four boys have had a lot on their plate since news broke of their selection. One way of dealing with the pressure is to rest as soon as you get home according to Budram who says that he does most of his studying at night.“When I get home I rest and when I wake up I do work until late hours of the night,” said Budram.Going abroad for the first time, Budram said that he was very excited, especially because he loves the subject of chemistry and now it has allowed him to go overseas. After being placed in the top four in the country, Bayat who has been selected to compete in the Biology Olympiad in Iran said that he was nervous given that this is the first time he would be representing the country internationally in anything. “To make sure I’m ready for the Olympiad I do my quizzes and tests that are sent to me via a student portal every second day which comprises of first and second year university work,” said Bayat. Another first time representative for his country, Ramlall said he was shocked when he first was told that he was selected even though he had prepared thoroughly for the Olympiad. He said that it was very exhausting juggling school work, the Olympiad and his life.“I had to take a break from sport and it is exhausting studying all the time but you have to find the motivation within yourself,” said Ramlall. Representing his country for the second time in the space of two years, Naidoo said it was nice to have company this time around referring to the fact that Budram would be joining him on their trip to Prague. “I know what to expect and I know that as South Africans, we are very much behind the world in terms of education and this year I have been trying to improve on my work so that this year we can come out tops in the competition,” said Naidoo.