The whole country may be gearing up for Olympic sporting success but Loreto chemistry students are already celebrating their outstanding achievements in the International Chemistry Olympiad. Students have triumphed in the competition winning two gold awards, six silvers and one bronze, placing Loreto's chemists in the top 7% of all chemistry students in the country. The dedicated students sat the tough Olympiad exam while the rest of college was on holiday leave and so were delighted that their commitment paid off.
Loreto College Principal Ms Clynch presented the Olympiad certificates and told the students she was very proud of them, not only for their academic achievement but also their willingness to 'go the extra mile' to compete in the Olympiad. All the entrants from Loreto College won an award.
The International Chemistry Olympiad is an annual academic competition for high school students. It is one of a series of International Science Olympiads. The first International Chemistry Olympiad took place in Prague in 1968. A total of 68 countries will be participating in the International Chemistry Olympiad which is due to take place in Washington in the United States later this year.