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Rydal Penrhos quartet gear up for national final of prestigious chemistry competition
6th April 2016

A group of pupils at a Colwyn Bay school are in the final stages of preparation ahead of a national chemistry competition final.

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 head to Loughborough University on Saturday, April 16 for the national final.

They were presented with their trophies by Dr Lorrie Murphy, the academic in charge of the event from the School of Chemistry, Bangor, during assembly in February.

She said: “It is great credit to Rydal Penrhos and their chemistry department that they always seem to do really well in the competitions that we put on at the university.

“We would like to offer our sincerest congratulations to the four who made it to the national final, and we are confident that they can do the region proud.”

Also receiving recognition was chemistry teacher Michael Pender, who received a special trophy to mark Rydal Penrhos’ overall achievement.

The foursome have been busy preparing together ahead of this month’s national final, which 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.

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