10.08.2012 change 10.08.2012

Four Polish medals at the International Chemistry Olympiad

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Young Polish chemists brought two silver and two bronze medals the from 44th International Chemistry Olympiad (44th IChO), held at the University of Maryland in Washington. The competition was attended by participants from 72 countries.

According to the head of the Chemistry Olympiad Central Committee Wanda Szelągowska Olympics, winners of silver medals in the International Chemistry Olympiad for high school students were: Kamil Adamczyk from the Nicolaus Copernicus High School No. 1 LO in Łódź and Szymon Wrzesień of the John Paul II Sisters of the Presentation School in Rzeszow.

Paweł Błaszczyk from the Cyprian Kamil Norwid High School No. 9 in Czestochowa and Grzegorz Rak from Stefan Batory High School No. 2 in Warsaw. won bronze medals. Teams from 72 countries participated in this year\'s 44th Olympiad.

The International Chemistry Olympiad has been organised since 1968. The first edition of the event was held in 1968 in Czechoslovakia, teams from three countries competed: Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary.

Polish students participated in all editions of the event in history. In total, the Olympiad saw 151 Polish participants. Some of them represented Poland two or even three times. The Poles have brought a total of 162 medals including 45 gold medals, 62 silver medals and 59 bronze medals.

Polish national team is selected with a special algorithm from among the winners of the national Chemical Olympiad, based on the results obtained in the second and third stage. Achievements in previous years are also taken into account.

The competition is divided into two examination days, one day for laboratory tasks of the other for theoretical tasks. The range of possible content of the tasks is published four - five months before the event on the internet and greatly exceeds the requirements of secondary education in chemistry at the advanced level. On this basis, each country should organize a two-week preparatory course for its team.

The tasks are proposed by the organizers, but the final wording is agreed upon by the international jury. The tasks are translated into native languages and in such form given to the participants. After reviewing the examinations and agreeing on the results, the international jury presents gold medals to about 10 percent participants, silver medals to 20 percent and bronze medals to 30 percent.

The names of medal winners are announced only during the Olympiad closing ceremony. Before this ceremony, even members of the jury do not know them, only a small group of organizers.

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