Silver and bronze for Waconian Chemists!

Upper Sixth Waconian Chemists have picked up 4 awards in the UK Chemistry Olympiad! Imogen and Stanley received silver awards, and Joe and Josh received bronze.

Run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the UK Chemistry Olympiad is the leading chemistry competition for British pupils designed to challenge their knowledge and teach them to think more creatively, and saw CHS’s own scientists compete among nearly 12000 students across the country.

Imogen commented: “It was quite exciting hearing I had received a silver in the Chemistry Olympiad as I’m hoping to go on to study medicinal chemistry at University this September. To achieve well in the Chemistry Olympiad has only made me more excited for the prospects I’ll face at university and was a great experience as I got to attempt to apply my knowledge to more challenging concepts.”

The first round of the Olympiad consists of a two hour written test with questions relating to real-world chemistry problems. The paper often stimulates debate about controversial issues in science and chemistry, providing an opportunity for pupils to showcase different skills necessary for future careers.

CHS Head of Chemistry, Mrs Rachel Grey commented on the Waconians’ hard work: “I am extremely proud of all of the Year 13 pupils who took part and congratulations to the four pupils who were awarded. These are fantastic achievements for the pupils – the paper was very challenging and to receive an award is amazing!