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NT chemistry students ranked nation’s best

By Leanne Coleman

Marrara Christian College student Kelli Sealy adjusting her pipette level at the chemistry titration competition Marrara Christian College student Kelli Sealy adjusting her pipette level at the chemistry titration competition

The winners of a chemistry competition held at Charles Darwin University have received the highest possible score of “Excellent Performance Team”, ranking them the best in Australia.

More than 100 secondary school students competed in the Australian National Chemical Analysis Competition run for Year 11 and 12 chemistry students nationwide by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Senior Lecturer in Chemistry Dr Vinuthaa Murthy said the competition was a quantitative analytical competition where entrants competed in teams of three for a national ranking.

“It brings chemistry students from all high schools around Darwin to the CDU science laboratories to take part and analyse unknown concentrations of chemicals,” she said. “This year we had a record number of 138 senior chemistry students participate in the preliminary round of the competition, with 39 making it into the finals.

“The top placed NT team this year was from Marrara Christian College, who received three gold medals and listed as an ‘Excellent Performance Team’. This team is now ranked as the number one team nationally.”

Dr Murthy, who has run the competition at CDU for the past 13 years, said the results were the best achieved by an NT school.

“These are excellent results,” she said. “The team obtained the best chemical analysis result amongst all the state centres. Of the finalists, 14 students also received gold medals.”