King’s Ely pupils hit the mark at Chemistry Challenge

BRIGHT sparks from King’s Ely Sixth Form have been awarded gold, silver and copper certificates in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.

The challenge takes place under exam conditions and the paper includes complex calculations, advanced theory and questions that require unconventional thinking, as well as a bit of luck.

This year there were more than 4,000 participants and, despite it being the first time that the school has entered, King’s Ely’s students came home with eight top awards. Five copper awards went to Tony Lesmeister, Sam Huguet, Axel Rois, Tommy Chien and Ji Sung Lee; two silver certificates were awarded to Luke Cave and James Wege; and the gold award went to Charles Lin.

Student James Wege said: “The paper was an exceptionally challenging but fulfilling test of our chemistry knowledge applied in totally different situations. It was interesting to have tried something new that stretched my mind and I was thrilled to achieve a silver award.”