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Huish Chemistry students celebrate success at science Olympics

Posted on 19th May 2018

Chemistry Olympiad 2018

Chemistry Olympiad 2018

Richard Huish College Chemistry students have come away with six awards after entering the National Chemistry Olympiad this year.

Achieving the highest accolade were Tom McKenzie and Paul Zhang, who claimed gold awards, in which only 8.1% of candidates nationwide were awarded gold. Valeria Samsonova, Alex Greaves and Julian Tong achieved silver awards and Maria Stennett was awarded bronze.

Over 6,500 students from all over the country entered the 2018 UK Chemistry Olympiad. Students had to sit a rigorous 2-hour exam where they had to tackle a range of problems applying their knowledge and skills, designed to stretch and challenge the students beyond usual A Level expectations. The problems were based around current and relevant themes such as the chemistry of lithium batteries, enriched uranium and nuclear testing and the synthesis of the cough suppressant, dextromethorphan.

Chemistry Course Manager, Joanna Clare, said, “I am really pleased that all six students who participated in the Olympiad achieved certificates. It is a challenging test of their chemistry knowledge and understanding and they have excelled themselves. The paper was designed to test even the best of students therefore Paul and Tom have done particularly well and have shown that they are amongst the best Chemistry students in the country.  All the students are hoping to progress onto university to study STEM subjects and the highly developed problem-solving skills that they have demonstrated, combined with their determination, will be an asset in the future.”

Pictured L to R: Joe Bennett (Assistant Principal), Joanna Clare (Chemistry Course Manager), Alex Greaves, Maria Stennett, Paul Zhang, Tom McKenzie, Valeria Samsonova, Julian Tong, and Martyn Owen (Deputy Principal)

Pictured L to R: Joe Bennett (Assistant Principal), Joanna Clare (Chemistry Course Manager), Alex Greaves, Maria Stennett, Paul Zhang, Tom McKenzie, Valeria Samsonova, Julian Tong, and Martyn Owen (Deputy Principal)

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