Biology awards

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BRIGHT students are celebrating after excelling in the highly regarded British Biology Olympiad Challenge.

Students from Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, took part in the recent challenge and several teenagers picked up awards for their efforts.

Four performed to an exceptional standard and achieved the following awards:

Sophie Chapman; Bronze medal.

Rachel Dobson; Bronze medal.

Melissa Taylor; Bronze medal.

Ben Craske; Highly commended and was awarded a certificate.

Organisers say the British Biology Olympiad (BBO), open to all post-16 students in the UK, challenges and stimulates students with an interest in biology to expand and extend their talents.

In offering a wider syllabus than A-level, it allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be rewarded and publicly recognised by the award of medals and certificates.

It is hoped that competing in the Olympiad will encourage students already interested in the subject to continue their studies beyond A-Level.

This year 4,200 students from across the country took part in the British Biology Olympiad with a further 31,000 teenagers taking part in the Biology Challenge contest.

Delighted college staff have praised the students for their efforts in the challenge and say it is the best set of results since students were first entered into the competition 15 years ago.

All of this year’s entrants are looking to study Biology-related degrees when they go on to university.

Jacqui Haigh, head of biology at the college said: “This is the best set of results we have ever had since the department first entered students in 1998.

“All are hoping to progress to Biology related degrees next year including medicine and pharmacy.”

The medal winners have been invited to a reception which will be held at the Royal Institute, in London, on Wednesday, June 26.