Gold medals as competition chemists shine

QE pupils have achieved both individual and team success in a trio of national chemistry competitions. 

In the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 2014 Olympiad, three Sixth-Formers were awarded gold medals, while a further four received silver. The competition is described by the RSC as an event that will ‘stretch and challenge your brightest students’.

Madhi Elango achieved one of the highest scores in the first round and progressed to the second round held in Cambridge, but just fell short of selection for the UK team for the International Olympiad. The other gold medallists were James Dborin and Aniruddh Raghu. Neil Lenus, Jack Page, Constantinos Savva and Ankeet Tanna all achieved silver. All the medallists are in Year 13.

“The boys have done very well and deserve congratulations,” said Headmaster Neil Enright. “We are very pleased to be able to make these valuable opportunities available to our boys, whom the staff then coach to a high standard.”

In the RSC’s Top of the Bench competition, QE narrowly missed out on victory in the local round, scoring 83 points, just two behind winners Highgate, who scored 85. The QE team, which comprised Daniil Slavin, of Year 11, Bushry Basheer, of Year 10, and Milan Hirji and Yousuf Khalid-Aziz, both from Year 9, were placed second.

And in the RSC’s Year 10 Challenge, Bushry Basheer, Tochi Onuora, Nitharsan Sathiyalingam and Maaz Shahzad (pictured) competed as QE Moles. They achieved third place in the Chilterns & Middlesex regional round.