Mira Kiryo came to Australia as a refugee with her parents five years ago. She saw her new home as a land of freedom, peace and opportunities. That gave her the determination to study hard and make a future for herself
Mina Kiryo studied high school at the Mercy College,Cuborg Victoria. She was awarded the 2020 Dux of Mercy College. Mina attains this honour due to her outstanding Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank of 99.4%, achieving exceptional results in English (EAL), Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Legal Studies in 2020. She accelerated in Mathematical Methods in 2019. Mina was nominated for the 2021 University of Melbourne Principals' Scholarship in recognition of her academic achievements and contribution to Mercy College and the wider community.
Mina's journey to success was not handed to her in a silver spoon, but she had to fight for it by determination, focus and hard work. As a young refugee who arrived in Australia with her family, Mina faced many challenges, new country, new language, new culture. But at the same time, Mina saw her new country welcoming her with open arms and giving her every opportunity to do what she likes. With the help and sacrifices that her parents endure to make sure she completes her studies, Mina fulfilled their wishes, and now she is a pride to them and whole community in Melbourne.
Miss Kiryo will study Bachelor of Biomedicine. When asked why this field of study? Mina said she never thought of it before. But due to the pandemic and seeing the sufferings, death and lockdowns, which affected people both mentally and economically, she wanted to go into medicine and research, hoping she will contribute to find cures for disease and pandemics such as COVID-19.