Dan Otter, from All Saints Catholic School, tackles a practical test in the Biology Olympiad
The sporting prowess of the British nation may be struggling but a student from All Saints Catholic School, York is hoping to do his bit for national pride.
Sixth Form student Dan Otter has battled his way to the last 16 in the prestigious British Biology Olympiad, which will be contested at the University of Reading. Dan will compete against other students during three days of intensive practical tests in the university’s laboratories as well as a demanding written examination. The top four students will be selected to represent Great Britain in an international competition to be held in Switzerland in the summer.
The initial competition had 4,200 entrants taking part in a round consisting of a multiple choice paper taken online in schools around the country. 155 Gold medal winning students from round one of the competition were invited to take a second, more demanding paper. Of these, sixteen were selected to take part in the finals. Dan is the first All Saints student in history to reach the national finals. He aspires to be a doctor and has two offers to study medicine, at Sheffield and Leicester Universities.
Although he feels he has done well to reach the final round he admits, with modest understatement, “It would be nice to make the team as a student of All Saints and compete in the final in Switzerland as part of a British Team.”
Dr Andrew Treharne, who chairs the group of volunteers which organises the competitions, says: “The record number of participants in this year’s Olympiad makes it all the more impressive that Dan has achieved a place at the finals. I wish him luck as he competes with the other finalists for a place in the team representing the UK this summer.”
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