TALENTED chemists Lee Wei Wong and Eliot Koopowitz are positively charged this month after winning the Silver award in the International Chemistry Olympiad.

The King’s Ely sixth formers joined a mass of students across the world to take part in the competition, which is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Every year, candidates face a challenging written test of chemical knowledge, designed to stimulate debate and raise further awareness of the subject. Gold, silver and bronze certificates are awarded to the highest achievers.

Head of Chemistry at King’s Ely, Dr Wendy Pitt said: “Both Lee Wei and Eliot did extremely well in what was a challenging written exam. As far as we are aware, only one King’s Ely student has previously achieved this award.

“Tackling the paper also provides a good opportunity to develop some of the skills required for study at university and beyond.”

Head of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone, who presented Lee Wei and Eliot with their Silver award certificates at assembly, said: “King’s Ely has an excellent Chemistry department and a passion for allowing students to push boundaries.

“The Chemistry Network, funded by the Government’s Independent State School Partnership programme, enables us work with other local schools to encourage children to raise their achievement levels and aspirations for the future.”

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