Student makes cut for science training

20:08, Nov 26 2012

A Southland secondary school student has claimed a place on a national training team which will compete for spots at an international chemistry challenge.

James Hargest College year 12 student Jennifer Muhl achieved in the top 25 per cent of the Chemistry Olympiad exam and has been selected for the national training team.

Each year between 30 and 35 students are chosen for the training team, and they complete a series of assignments, exams and training camps.

From this group, four team members and one non-travelling reserve are chosen, with next year's challenge to be held in Moscow, Russia, in July.

The 17-year-old, who is taking year 13 classes at school, said she took a bit of convincing when it came to the exam.

"I was enthusiastic about it at first but then I looked at one of the old papers and thought it looked way too hard," she said.

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She also had other exams at the same time.

Jennifer would complete year 13 next year, and said after that she would look at studying "something science-y" at university.

"I do enjoy chemistry so I might study that. I might like to do research science," she said.

"I love science and I like to work hard at science."

Tania Lineham, the college's science head of department, said it was a bit of a coup for Jennifer to make the team.

She was one of the school's accelerated students, Mrs Lineham said. She would be one of the younger students in the team.

Part of the training involved independent study, and the team members would study chemistry to a level-two university level, she said.

The Southland Times