Hamilton Boys’ High win ChemQuest for third time in 5 years

20 October 2017

ChemQuest 2017
Prize winners: Hamilton Boys’ High School first place winners at the 2017 ChemQuest. (From left: Associate Professor Michael Mucalo (President of Waikato branch of the NZIC), Immo Frank, Patrick Dowd, Joshua Monteiro, Kate Leach from Hill Laboratories (Sponsor) and Associate Professor Michèle Prinsep).

Students from Hamilton Boys’ High School took out the top prize for the third time in five years at the University of Waikato’s ChemQuest challenge held this month on campus (previous wins in 2013 and 2014). First place went to Year 12 students, Immo Frank, Patrick Dowd and Joshua Monteiro from Hamilton Boys’ High School. The students were awarded the ChemQuest trophy and $150.

The annual chemistry quiz gives Year 12 chemistry students the chance to put their chemistry knowledge to the test in a pop quiz-style challenge. The event was attended by almost 150 students, made up of 48 teams of three. Second place went to Te Puke College and third place was awarded to another team from Hamilton Boys' High School.

Event organiser Associate Professor Michèle Prinsep says it's great to see students from across the central North Island enjoying ChemQuest, which continues to be an extremely popular event. "It is a competition so it does bring out the competitive spirit in many students, but there are plenty of different types of questions covering a wide range of knowledge and interests and regardless of the results, students always have a great time," she says.

“As well as covering chemistry, the quiz is an opportunity for students considering coming to university to see some of the Waikato campus and to experience the atmosphere of a large lecture theatre.”

ChemQuest is sponsored by the Waikato branch of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, Hill Laboratories and the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Science and Engineering.

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