Shrewsbury School

Hawksley-Burbury Science Competition 2018

Friday 23 March 2018

Lisa Alekseeva and Anna Cowan made Shrewsbury School scientific history this week by becoming the first ever Fifth Formers to win the top two places in the annual Hawksley-Burbury Science Competition.

Twenty-one pupils entered the competition this year, which is open to anyone in the Fifth and Sixth Forms. It is not necessary to be studying science at AS or A2 level to take part, as the competition tests skills of observation and scientific deduction rather than specialised knowledge.

There are three sections – Biology, Chemistry and Physics – and in each, candidates are set a number of short tasks requiring careful observation and analysis.

At the end of the competition, the following results were announced:

Overall winner: Lisa Alekseeva (EDH V)

Prox accessit: Anna Cowan (MSH V)

Highly commended: Ludo de Falbe (SH LVI) and Reuben Denison (SH LVI)

Individual practical winners:   
  Biology: Lisa Alekseeva
  Chemistry: Ludo de Falbe
  Physics: Adam Pattenden (S LVI)

Lisa will be presented with her prize at the Academic Prizegiving during Speech Day at the end of next term.

Special mention must also go to Mr Walters Deputy Head (Academic), who finished an outstanding 6=/22 in the Chemistry practical. As a Classicist, he was definitely out of his comfort zone and up against some of our best scientists. Unfortunately his result in the Physics practical, though still commendable, was not quite as strong.

Andy Briggs, Head of Science

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