Shrewsbury School

Success in Chemistry Olympiad 2014

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Three gold, ten silver and six bronze medals were awarded to Sixth Form students in the first round of the UK Chemistry Olympiad 2014.

Chemistry Olympiad Gold Certificate winners 2014

Twenty-two students took part in Round 1 of the UK Chemistry Olympiad in February – 19 students from the Lower Sixth and three from the Upper Sixth. The results were outstanding.

This competition is designed to challenge and stimulate the most talented young chemists in the country and is open to all post-16 students in the UK.  There are three rounds to the competition, at the end of which the UK team is selected to train for, and compete in, the International Chemistry Olympiad.  Further information is available on www.rsc.org/Education/events-and-competitions/Olympiad/.

The paper itself is based on the core of the chemistry A-level specifications, so that students taking any of the different exam board A-levels can compete fairly. The exam lasts two hours and comprises a series of structured questions designed to stretch able students by making them apply the principles they have learned to new and often more complex situations than they would meet in their A-level course. Thus, in order to score marks, it is essential to have a very sound base of knowledge and understanding, but also have the ability to think and reason – often "outside the box" – at a high level.

The Upper Sixth students had been working at this through weekly sessions since last June, initially taking the online LVI Chemistry Olympiad and then beginning intensive preparation for the more demanding Olympiad itself.

Gold Medals were awarded to:
Crystal Chan (MSH UVI)
Cindy Ho (EDH LVI)
Oliver Hope (Ch LVI)

Silver Medals were awarded to:
Jennifer Anderson (EDH UVI)
Ronald Chen (S LVI)
Sabrina Chu (MSH LVI)
Jane Fan (MSH LVI)
Michael Kwan (S LVI)
Ben Quirk (PH UVI)
Edward Sankey (SH LVI)
Benjamin Tsang (R LVI)
Merrick Wong (SH LVI)
Bryan Yick (M LVI)

Bronze Medals were awarded to:
Ryan Cheng (I LVI)
Billy Chu (O LVI)
Sam Kandi (M LVI)
Amalina Manhadi (EDH UVI)
Charis Virgo (MSH LVI)
Chuxi (Sophie) Zhou (EDH LVI)

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