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Students Ace Chemistry Challenge

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Students Ace Chemistry Challenge

Congratulations to 25 Notre Dame students who won awards after entering the 2021 Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.

50 of our intrepid students took part in this national competition organized by the University of Cambridge. They each sat a grueling 90-minute paper set by St Catharine’s College, which began with questions based on their lower sixth syllabus but progressed to a standard far above the A-level specification.

The competition aims to stretch and challenge students with an interest in chemistry, and provides valuable experience for anyone considering degree-level study in the subject, as the exam encourages them to think about science as they would at university.

17 of our students were awarded a copper medal, five a silver medal (Lars Rohle, Martha Baylis, Caitlin Parr, Isabel Itoe, and Katie Sweeney) and three won gold (William Neal, Kieran Bacalando, and Eva Cooper). Our Head of Chemistry Rachel Hodgetts said, “This is a huge achievement so well done to all the students who took part. Thanks to the Chemistry Team, particularly Dr Sykes, for organizing the Challenge at college.”

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