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Brainbox scores gold in battle of chemistry kids

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

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A YOUNGSTER from a Barton under Needwood school has been named one of the brainiest in the country after coming out on top at a science competition.

Sam Crawford, who attends John Taylor High School, has scooped a gold award at the Chemistry Olympiad, which is the science equivalent of the Olympics.

This comes only months after the youngster also netted a gold award at a similar physics-themed event last year.

His mum Ruth Crawford told the Mail: “He entered the Chemistry Olympiad - his least favourite A-level and we have now found at that he has achieved another gold award and I believe he was the only one in school again.

“It puts him in the top seven per cent for chemistry nationally and also the top five per cent for physics.

“Together we are guessing that to get both must be a little bit special.

“Maybe top one per cent – no one seems to know this.

“Generally the olympiads seem to have been public school focused in the past – with a lot of coaching and effort.

“Sam is an ordinary kid at a state school who had a go – we are very impressed.”

The 17-year-old is now getting set to go to university and has had offers from Durham and St Andrew’s.

The Olympiad is run by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

A spokesman for the event said: “The members of the Olympiad working group would like to thank teachers for their hard work supporting students and the Royal Society of Chemistry to run round one of the competition.

“We were delighted to see another 
significant increase in participation in 2014.

“This year, 5,682 students’ marks were entered into the online score submission system, which represents a 24 per cent increase from entries in the 2013 competition.

“We were especially pleased to see that 135 schools had participated for the first time.”

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