Chemistry ‘Olympians’ secure awards

BRIGHT young minds secured silver and bronze in an Olympiad battle of scientific wits.

Nineteen students from Priestley College entered the annual Chemistry Olympiad and between them secured one silver and seven bronze awards.

Those who took part started college early one day so they could sit the application-style test paper before starting their lessons.

“It was a big commitment for the students who did this in their own time,” said Tutor Barbara Schofield. “The questions tested the students beyond what they do at A-Level and is a great marker to see what level they are able to achieve.”

Meanwhile students Matthew Peach, Matthew Goodrum and Ellie Wilson pitted their wits against others at the Merseyside Young Analysts Competition at Liverpool University.

Their test was to analyse soft drinks and although they did not win the competition – which featured about 20 other North West colleges – it gave them the chance to work in an undergraduate laboratory for the first time.

“All those taking part want to pursue a career in science so this was an incredible opportunity for them,” said Barbara.

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