Young analysts take first prize in national competition

A trio of talented young scientist have taken the top prize in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Young Analyst Competition.

Young Analyst Competition Winners

Year 12 students, Amelia Whitehead, Ben Mayoh and Alison Hutchinson, accompanied by their teacher Anne Thomas,  represented Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College in the national finals, which was held at the University of Sussex on June 22nd.

They fought off strong competition from 20 other teams from across the UK, to take home the prestigious glass engraved trophy, £3,000 prize money for the college and £75 each for themselves.

The Schools' Analyst Competition is run by the RSC's Analytical Division for first year sixth form students studying AS level Chemistry

Teams were required to undertake various practical analytical tasks based on problems relevant to industrial or social needs, which tested their skills, understanding and accuracy as well as promoting team work and safety in the laboratory.

Anne Thomas, Head of Chemistry at Sir John Deane’s, said: “The students demonstrated excellent knowledge, skill and teamwork to win first prize in such a challenging and prestigious competition. They should all be extremely proud of themselves.”  

Amelia and Alison, both from Northwich, and Ben, from Helsby, all study A Level Chemistry, Maths, Physics and Biology at Sir John Deane’s and plan to go on to study medicine at university.

Pictured above, from left: Amelia Whitehead, Ben Mayoh and Alison Hutchinson.