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Helston College chemistry challenge students are in their element
4:30pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
Five chemistry students from Helston Community College have proved they have the right elements to be champions.
The post 16 students took part in this year’s University of Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.
The challenge comprises a written paper at university level and is designed to challenge the very brightest students.
Nationally, more than 6,200 students enter the challenge and the best |performers are awarded a gold, silver or copper award.
All five students from Helston who took the exam gained an award, with Josiah Haslam, James Harry and Ella Cowen received a copper award and Lisa Gong a silver.
It was David Hosking who proved to be top of the table though, after being awarded a gold award – which is only given to the top seven per cent of entrants.
David has also recently gained a gold award in the British Physics Olympiad AS Challenge, after sitting a paper designed to stretch A level physics students.
Not only did he take the top award, but his paper was among the top five in the country.
As a result he was| invited to the Royal Society of Physics for a formal presentation in recognition of his achievement.
A school spokesperson said of the group: “The students elected to take the challenge and sit an additional paper on top of their A levels – a fantastic achievement. All five are hoping to gain places at Russell Group Universities and we wish them all the best.”
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