A group of Colwyn Bay school pupils are celebrating after reaching the national final of a prestigious chemistry competition.
The Rydal Penrhos team of Mili Jayadeep, Imogen Camp, Eddie Farrell and Ioan Peake-Jones beat out nine other schools to take the Royal Society of Chemistry’s 'Top of the Bench' regional heat, which was held at Bangor University.
In order to qualify, the quartet took part in a written quiz where they scored 47 out of a possible 60 to claim the heat in impressive style, and they will now begin preparations for the national final which will be held at Loughborough University on Saturday, April 16.
Acting head Roger McDuff, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and one that the four pupils deserve a tremendous amount of credit for.
“For them to reach the national final of such a prestigious competition is a testament to the hard work they put in prior to the event, and we are confident that Mili, Imogen, Eddie and Ioan can achieve event greater success in the next stage of the competition.”
April’s national final will include a short test of factual chemical knowledge and a practical chemical problem-solving team exercise.
First prize is awarded to the best overall school performance, with five teams receiving runners up prizes.
In addition the Jacqui Clee Award is given to the pupil who has demonstrated an outstanding individual contribution to the day.
Last year saw 28 regional heats across the UK, with schools from Belgium and Luxembourg also taking part.