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College Scientists are Top of the Bench

On Wednesday 13th December the College once again sent a team of Most Able students to Exeter University for the prestigious Top of the Bench competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The team was comprised of Tegan Fergusun (Year 11), Lukas Gmyrek (Year 10), Sophie Lock (Year 9) and Harry Horn (Year 9). By lunchtime all of the students had worked well as a team to determine the vitamin C content of various foods by titration, and finishing ahead of other schools, and applying problem solving to determine a numerical value for the foods tested.

In the theory quiz held in the afternoon the Exmouth team scored 100%. This demonstrated skills from across a range of chemistry topics, and justified the hard work put into training sessions after school throughout the Autumn term.

In the final score, the team finished second from throughout the South West region in what was a very tightly fought contest. Both Mr Williamson and Miss Bowles were impressed with the mature and cooperative manner that all of the students had throughout the competition, and were delighted with the insights that were gained into studying University level Science.