Every February, grade 10 students from across Canada take part in the Michael Smith Science Challenge, using their science knowledge and reasoning skills to answer challenging questions. This year, Angelina Chen was one of our students writing and had the second highest score in the country! Her score was the highest in British Columbia.

A total of 1438 students across 8 provinces took part in the competition. The mean score across the country was 24.5/80 and Angelina scored 60/80. Angelina commented on her experience writing the contest: “It was definitely a different experience from writing a typical test in school, with many advanced concepts and unknowns – there was very limited information given by each question stem. I decided to just go for it while using my current scientific knowledge and mathematical capabilities to their potential.”

Angelina is a major contributor the school’s extra-curricular science activities, taking part in the ESA CanSat team, the modern physics club, and our upcoming group travelling to Saskatoon to do research at the Canadian Light Source. She writes: “I am very happy about this accomplishment and I truly appreciate everyone in St. Thomas More Collegiate who has helped me along the way. I am really glad that my efforts have been rewarded through this achievement, which greatly encourages me to continue pursuing my scientific dreams.”

Way to go Angelina!

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