More than 120 young chemists from 30 schools around Manchester were at the John Dalton building at Manchester Metropolitan Metropolitan University yesterday (June 20) to compete in Chemquiz 2019.
Teams of four students from schools in Greater Manchester, Cheshire,
Derbyshire and Lancashire took part in chemical quizzes, laboratory exercises and multimedia competitions.
This annual event, organised by the education sub-committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Manchester and District Section since 1987, is sponsored by the chemical company BASF plc, based in Cheadle, and Holy Cross College.
The overall winners were Manchester Grammar School, who were runners-up last year. This year’s team - Natham Loh, Jioiadd Ali, Benjamin Mathole and Rohan Aggarwal - will go on to represent the region in next year’s national RSC Top of the Bench competition.
The runners-up were The Grange School in Northwich, represented by Katie Wakefield, Harriet Carss, Max Hildred and Alex McLeish.
Third were Withington Girls School, represented by Sonali Koku Hannadige, Layla El Omar, Sarah Cowan and Maryan Mahmood.
The winners of the Kathryn Oliver Leonard Teamwork Award were Thomas Eldridge, Matthew Blair, Caitlyn Bassett and Ellie Mycock from St Thomas More RC School in Buxton.
Each participant was presented with a mug, designed by one of last year’s competitors, Elizabeth Horsnell from Stockport Grammar School, and provided by BASF. This year’s winning mug design was produced by Anna Vyce from St Bede’s College in Manchester.