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Chemistry student in Bushey scoops gold award at international challenge

 Published on: 9th August 2019   |   By: Alex Pearson   |   Category: Uncategorized

A student from a Bushey school won a gold award for chemistry at a recent international challenge. 

Ivy Zhao, 17, of St Margaret’s School beat over 9,000 entrants to make one of the top 10 per cent of students to achieve the exceptional Gold Award at the International Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. 

On August 8, the Year 12 pupil went to St Catherine’s College of Cambridge to complete the notoriously complex and difficult examination. This year’s questions were focused around the elements of the Periodic Table.

Ivy had already previously won a silver award in the RSC Chemistry Olympiad before going on to achieve this latest exceptional accolade.

To secure a Gold, pupils needed to achieve a mark of 29 out of 64, Ivy scored an excellent 37 marks out of 64, making her the first St Margaret’s girls to win a Gold Award.

David Anderson, Head of Science at St Margaret’s School, who teaches Ivy spoke about her achievement: “One of Ivy’s great skills is her excellent mathematical ability and she scored well in the sections of the exam that required mathematical reasoning and calculation. 

“She also has a great ability to think outside of the box and to find creative answers to problems that she encounters.  Her great thirst for knowledge means she also reads widely outside of the prescribed text books too, which really helped towards this wonderful achievement.”

Ivy plans to enter the competition again in Year 13.

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