Talented Havant and South Downs College teenager takes gold medal in Biology Olympiad

A TALENTED teenager has been awarded a gold medal for her academic prowess in biology after seeing off competition from students from across the globe.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 4:15 pm
Havant and South Downs College student Jemima Willoughby.

Havant and South Downs College student Jemima Willoughby, 18, was presented with the accolade after taking part in the Biology Olympiad.

As part of the competition’s 25th year anniversary, Jemima was competing against 8,476 students worldwide from 622 schools.

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In addition to taking an online exam, students also had to take part in practical sessions.

After being informed of her gold medal success, Jemima said: ‘Ever since my gold award in the Royal Society of Biology’s Biology Challenge, I’ve really wanted a gold in the Biology Olympiad, and I’m delighted to have achieved this.

‘It was fascinating to explore the latest research within the Olympiad exams, and to test out my knowledge and understanding of the subject I love. I hope to become a biologist.’

Biology course manager Libby Smith added: ‘I am very proud that Jemima has achieved a gold medal in the Biology Olympiad. She can add this to the silver medal she gained in this competition last February.

‘These achievements will stand her in good stead for her plans to study biology at university and become a research scientist.’

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