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Toolooa Teams Awarded 1st and 2nd Place In The CQ Region Titration Competition

3/09/2015
Toolooa Teams Awarded 1st and 2nd place in the CQ Region Titration Competition
 
The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Australian National Chemical Analysis (Titration) Competition has been running since 1984. Acid-base titration is a technique used in chemistry that allows quantitative analysis of the concentration of an unknown acid or base solution. This technique is used for chemical analysis in nearly every working laboratory.
 
The competition has two stages – the first round involves Regional Competitions in each state. The teams that place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the Regional Competition are then invited to take part in the National Finals.
 
This year there were 30 teams competing in the Central Queensland competition, from as far south as Maryborough and as far north as Yeppoon.
 
Toolooa State High School entered two teams in the regional competition which took place on Wednesday the 19th of August. Team 1 (Kaitlyn Read, Andrea Ispanovic and Ksenia Metilkova) obtained an excellent result and placed 1st in the regional competition.
 
Team 2 (consisting of Mitchell Carter, Janaya Ray and Lauren Brennan) were not far behind them, taking out 2nd place in the regional competition.
 
Both teams were awarded “Excellent Team Performance Awards” and 5 students have achieved A level merit certificates for having results within 0.25% of the actual answer. The 6th student has achieved a B level merit certificate for having results within 0.50% of the actual answer. Special congratulations go to Kaitlyn for having a result which exactly matched the actual result and to Kseniia and Lauren for having results that were only differed from the actual answer by 0.0001 M.
 
As both teams finished in a top 3 position, they have both been invited to take place in the National Finals which will take place in October.
 
There are usually 12 teams from four different Queensland regions that are Queensland finalists in the National Competition. Each team of finalists across the nation competes in their local area on various dates in October with the support of their local university. These teams compete against all the finalists for every other Australian state and territory.
 
The National Finals are even more demanding that the regional competition. Students have just two hours to complete the complicated analysis and calculations. Each year only the best teams in the Finals achieve remarkable accuracy in this quite difficult exercise. We would like to wish the members of Team 1 and Team 2 the best of luck in the National Finals Competition.
 
The school and students would like to thank Miss Cooper and Mr Ryan Muller for donating their time to help train students during six after-school practice sessions in preparation for the competition.
 
Thanks must also go to year 10 students Jasmine Elliot and Nethmini Alahakoon. Both girls also attended the after school practice sessions in order to get a head start on the 2016 competition and to act as reserves in case any of the year 11 or 12 students fell ill on the competition day.