Chemistry students have have been crowned winners of the 2012 Loreto Analytical Chemistry Competition and could be headed for the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry’s Schools’ Analyst competition. AS Chemistry students Sam Lambrick, Ivy Makhoha, Buyanzaya Purevsuren and Ka Yan Yiu pitted their analytical skills against five other teams from the Lower sixth.
In a special challenge the teams were given a sample of vinegar and were required to work together to devise and carry out a suitable method for analysing it and determining its quality. The winners developed a complex multi-step procedure which enabled them to obtain an accurate value for the concentration of the vinegar and complete a quality assurance report.
Chemistry teacher Ms Livesey said the title was hotly contested and the results extremely close. "The eventual winners delivered their report containing an accurate result backed up with clear calculations, achieved through careful experimental work, excellent teamwork and thorough planning," she added.
Presenting the winners with their prizes, Assistant Principal Mr McCann congratulated the students on their achievement, commenting on how participation in events such as these provides an excellent opportunity for students to make themselves stand out when it comes to university applications.
The winners will now enter a draw and may be selected to take part in the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry’s Schools’ Analyst competition.