For the first time in the School’s history two Hampton pupils have received the prestigious Roentgenium award in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.

Renowned as notoriously tough, the Challenge is the foremost national competition for Lower Sixth chemists. Achieving two of the highest scores in this year’s exam, Hamptonians William Boyce and Edward Allen have been presented with Roentgenium Awards, which only go to the top 56 students.

They follow in the footsteps of three previous Hampton winners: Oli Bridge who won the award last year and hopes to read Natural Sciences at St Catharine’s College from September, and 2017 winner Sam Reynolds who is reading Natural Sciences at Corpus Christi College. Luke Gostelow won in 2014 and has recently graduated from Churchill College where he studied Mathematics.

2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table and this was reflected in the examination with candidates quizzed on the position of Indium in the periodic table and the oxidation of sugars using periodic acid. Alongside William and Edward, a further nine Hampton boys were awarded Gold Awards placing them in the top 10% of students sitting the paper. Among them, Fifth Year Matthew Cresswell achieved a Gold despite taking the paper a year early.

Many congratulations to all our young chemists!

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