The annual Chemistry Olympiad is an international chemistry competition that offers countries the opportunity to enter a team of four students to compete internationally. The New Zealand team is selected and then trained by the University of Canterbury.
Each year King’s enters a small group of chemistry students that have been showcasing advanced skills in the subject.
The five students that sat the challenging two-hour exam this year, Regan Chen (Year 12, Averill), Harri Kukreja (Year 12, Selwyn), Harsh Talathi (Year 12, Major), Cherie Yuan (Year 12, Taylor) and Emily Danesh-Meyer (Year 12, Taylor), all achieved top results and have now been invited to complete an assignment to attend a training camp in Term 1 next year.
Chemistry Head of Department John Southern is thrilled with the efforts of the students so far.
“The selection process is rigorous and the students did well to make it to the next stage,” says John.
Just 30 students will be invited to the training camp to decide which four students will travel to the Czech Republic in July to represent New Zealand. Last year recent Old Collegian William Wang (2012-2016, Greenbank) made it to this final stage and was a reserve on the NZ Olympiad team.
The 2018 Olympiad will take place in July, three months after the training camp selection.