Students from Whakatāne High School took out the top prize at the University of Waikato’s ChemQuest challenge held on October 16 on campus.
First place went to Year 12 students, Manaakiao Hahipene , Ruby Stuart and Michael Williams who 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 180 students from 22 schools in the greater Waikato and Bay of Plenty region. Second place went to a team from Hamilton Boys’ High School, third place was awarded to a team from Te Awamutu College and teams from Tauranga Girls’ College and Otumoetai College took out fourth and fifth places respectively.
“It’s fantastic to see students from across the central North Island enjoying ChemQuest, which continues to be an extremely popular event. It is a competition 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,” says event organiser Michèle Prinsep.
“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 School of Science.