St Peter’s School victorious at annual ChemQuest

2 November 2015

ChemQuest Winners 2015

From left: Senior Lecturer (Physical Chemistry) Dr Michael Mucalo with St Peter’s School Cambridge first place winners: Rhys Duncan, Gabrielle Dumble and Jeffrey Wise.

Students from St Peter’s School Cambridge took out the top prize at the University of Waikato’s ChemQuest challenge held last month on campus.

First place went to Year 12 students Rhys Duncan, Gabrielle Dumble and Jeffrey Wise. The students were awarded the James and Wells trophy, $150 and a gold medal each.

For the last two years Hamilton Boys High School teams have taken out the competition, but their winning streak has come to an end.

This was also the third year in a row that all place-getters were from Hamilton schools. Second place went to St Paul’s Collegiate, third and fourth were awarded to separate teams from Hamilton Boy’s High School, followed by another team from St Peter’s School in fifth place.

The annual chemistry quiz gives Year 12 students the chance to put their chemistry knowledge to the test in a pop quiz-style challenge.

“It’s great to see students from across the central North Island enjoying ChemQuest, which seems to be more popular now than it has ever been. Being a competition it does bring out the competitive spirit in many students, but there are plenty of different types of questions for students with a wide range of knowledge and interests,” says event organiser Michele 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. This year was the largest turn-out we’ve ever had”.

The after-school event was held at the University of Waikato on 21 October and was attended by about 250 students from schools from Hamilton, the wider Waikato region, the Bay of Plenty and Taupo.

ChemQuest is sponsored by the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, James & Wells Intellectual Property and Hill Laboratories.

View photos from the event online.