Back row, from left, Claire Anderson, Kristen Nugent-Schloss, Brooke Davis; at front, Giovanna Legge, Megan Baldacchino and Samantha Watson

June 12, 2012

Students from St Mary’s Catholic College in Kingaroy have earned the right to compete in a regional chemistry competition after success in Toowoomba.

Six St Mary’s students travelled to the University of Southern Queensland’s Toowoomba Campus recently to participate in the Royal Australian Chemical Institute’s annual Titration Competition.

Chemical titrations are an analytical technique that require both laboratory skills and conceptional understanding to determine concentrations of unknown solutions.

The students were fortunate to have use of the new USQ laboratories.

The students competed as two teams and did extremely well, taking out both 2nd and 3rd places in the competition. The 2nd-placed team is now eligible to compete in the regional competition.

The Glennie School’s very experienced team, from Toowoomba, narrowly defeated the St Mary’s team to take 1st place.

St Mary’s chemistry teacher Gary Curran said he was extremely proud of the students’ achievements. particularly as it was their first attempt at this competition.

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