Shrewsbury School

Success in the Chemistry Olympiad 2020

Friday 24 April 2020

Twenty-eight Sixth Form students took part in Round 1 of the International Chemistry Olympiad. This year there were 16 students from Lower Sixth and 12 from the Upper Sixth. The results were outstanding, with five gold, nine silver and eleven bronze medals being awarded.

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 at https://edu.rsc.org/enrichment/uk-chemistry-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 is composed of a series of structured questions designed to stretch able students by making them apply the principles they have learnt to new and far 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 to have the ability to think and reason - often "outside the box" - at a high level.

Gold:    

Mohan Sun
Nick Liu
Peter Yang
Runjie Liao
Tetsuyoshi Yamada

Silver:

Angela Wang
Anthony Siu
Connor Hickey
Eudora Xiao
George Lawrence
Ivan Ye
Oliver Thomassen
Victoria Xie
Jing Wu

Bronze:
Ed Hou
Hiroaki Shu
Ivan Leong
Ivan Gershkovich
Jasper Yip
Kawthar Al Noaimi
Marta De Jesus
Max Cheung
Molly Fox
Timothy Ng
Winston Luk

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