Bright sparks put knowledge to test

YOUNG scientists from Priestley College put their knowledge to the test against students from across the UK.

Some of Prestley’s representatives finished in the top 7% in the competitions which were run by the Royal Societies of Biology and Chemistry and entered by some of the UK’s brightest young minds.

Former St Gregory’s Catholic School pupil Amelia Rimmer struck gold in both the Chemistry and Biology Olympiads.

Amelia, who studies Maths alongside the two sciences, said: “I wanted to take the paper because it goes beyond what we do in A-Level so I thought if I could do well it would give me confidence for my exams.”

The Chemistry Olympiad is one of the leading chemistry competitions for students in the UK. Organisers describe it as a way to challenge students, helping them develop creative thinking.

In Biology the olympiad is seen as a way of motivating students by giving them a chance to demonstrate their in-depth knowledge of the subject. The competition consists of two, 45-minute online tests taken in college.

Ethan Baird, who also studies Psychology, achieved a gold in Biology and silver in Chemistry.

“I thought the Olympiad would be a good thing to put on my personal statement as I am looking to go into a career in biotechnology,” said the former Lymm High School pupil.

Vincent Chriscoli picked up a bronze in the Chemistry Olympiad. The former St Gregory’s Catholic School pupil hopes to become a doctor and plans to study Medicine after completing a degree in biochemistry.

“The Olympiad paper challenged us to apply what we have learned to real life situations and covered everything from fizzy drinks, to biodegradable plastic and how pesticides affect bees,” he said.