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Kazakhstan student wins silver in International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad

21 may 2014, 14:23
The logo of the 48th International Mendeleyev Chemistry Olympiad
The logo of the 48th International Mendeleyev Chemistry Olympiad

The student of Kazakh-Turkish Lyceum in Pavlodar Adil Kabylda has become the silver prize winner of The International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad in Moscow, Russia , Tengrinews reports referring to the head of the Education Department of Pavlodar Bakyt Bekseitova.

“This is a huge victory of our students. We haven't had such a significant win in chemistry for a long time. We are very happy for Adil,” Bakyt Bekseitova said.

The tutor of Adil Kabylda was a young teacher Almas Ordabayev, 25. He is a graduate of Moscow State University.

The gold winner of the Olympiad - Andreea Maria Filip - is from Romanian.

The Romanian team leads by the number of gold medals with 5 gold medals, Russia is in the second place with 3 gold medals followed by Belarus and Uzbekistan with 1 gold each.

The Kazakhstan team is in the first place in the overal medal count with a total of 11 medals, followed by Russia with 10 medals, and Uzbekistan with 8 medals.

The Olympiad winners were awarded with diplomas of the first, second and third degrees, and gold, silver and bronze medals. Ten participants from Romania, Russia, Belarus, and Uzbekistan received first-degree diplomas. Besides, the medalists were granted the right to study in any leading Russian university free of charge. 

The International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad is a competition in chemistry that is held each year in the end of April or early May among schoolchildren of a number of the CIS (post-Soviet space) countries, Baltic states, and countries of South-East Europe. The Mendeleev Olympiad is a successor of the All-Union Olympiad in Chemistry and carries on its traditions and numeration. The Olympiad was named after the Great Russian chemist Dmitriy Mendeleev.

Participants in the Olympiad are schoolchildren of graduation and pre-graduation classes who won national Olympiads in chemistry in their countries. The number of participants from each of the participating countries is established by a quota. The host country is allowed to have the largest team. 

The main languages of the Mendeleev Olympiad are Russian and English. But the teams can also get translations of tasks into their national languages.

Kazakhstan’s team has been participating in the Mendeleev Olympiad since 1998.

This year, 118 students from 17 countries participated in the Olympiad. The 2014 Olympiad was supposed to be held in Kiev, however due to escalation of the situation in Ukraine, the Olympiad was held in Moscow State University.

The next year's competition will be held in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Writing by Assel Satubaldina, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina

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