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Monday 6 July 2020

Intermediate Biology Olympiad success for Selby College students

Ten A Level Biology students from Selby College have been awarded with prestigious Intermediate Biology Olympiad (BBO) awards, after successfully taking part in this year’s competition.

The Intermediate Biology Olympiad competition, which was held online between 2nd-9th June 2020, challenges students’ biology knowledge and encourages them to continue studying the biosciences beyond school and college.

“The competition is a great opportunity for our students to pit their biology wits against other biology students across the UK,” said Kirsty Butterworth, Biology Lecturer at Selby College. “For our biology students to be recognised in such a highly regarded competition is a testament to their hard work and success throughout their studies at Selby College and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

First year A Level Biology students from Selby College took part in the challenge, which consisted of a one-hour multiple choice test taken online at any time convenient during the competition dates.

Following this, 10 students from Selby College were presented with a range of accolades:

  • Dani Rotherforth - Highly Commended
  • Izzy Dibb - Highly Commended
  • Jacob Braybrooke - Highly Commended
  • Julia Sieniek - Commended
  • Aimee Tonks - Commended
  • Lucy Forsyth - Silver medal
  • Alex Ellway - Bronze medal
  • James Crossland - Bronze medal
  • James Murphy - Bronze medal
  • Luke Raddings - Bronze medal

"I took the opportunity to do the Biology Olympiad for something to put on my UCAS application, but I never expected to achieve a score that would put me in the silver category," said Biology student Lucy Forsyth.

Students who take part in the contest are encouraged to reference their participation in their further/Higher Education applications.

James Murphy, who just missed out on a silver medal said: "I thought the Olympiad was a great experience and gave me the chance to try and test myself to see how well I could do. I think is a good thing because it allowed me to push myself to try and achieve the best I can."

Due to current circumstances, the competition was held online this year and over 8,000 students took part nationwide.

Jacob Braybrooke, who was highly commended added: "I thought the Olympiad was a fun and interesting experience and was something different to a normal lesson. It was easy to understand what to do and the majority of the questions were relevant to things which we have covered in College, which was useful."

The Intermediate Biology Olympiad is organised by the UK Biology Competitions committee and administered by the Royal Society of Biology.

Find out more about the competition