A young student has won a top award after showcasing his interest in biology.
Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College A-level student Mark Bal scored silver in the British Biology Olympiad, a national competition for 16 to 18-year-olds, and will now attend an July’s awards ceremony in London.
I’m really pleased with silver but next year I’m going to go for goldMark Bal
Students must complete two hour-long online exams made up of multiple questions.
Mark said: “Biology is subject I have grown up with, my mum is a biologist. From an early age I’ve had a fascination with plants. I’m really pleased with silver but next year I’m going to go for gold.”
Jon Vincent, principal and chief executive at TyneMet College, said: “Everyone at Queen Alexandra is extremely proud of Mark’s achievement.
“To receive a silver medal in this competition when only in his first year of A-level biology is truly remarkable.”
“I know that Mark has the ambition to read biology at university and this award will make him standout as a young person with great potential and commitment.
“Mark will have the opportunity to re-enter the competition next year and we are hoping that a gold medal will be in his sights.”
Mark’s biology teacher Lucy Galley said: “Mark is a very deserving winner; he’s a very hard working student and has a deep interest in biology.
“The British Biology Olympiad is very competitive and the calibre of students is very high.
“It’s excellent to see STEM-related subjects explored in-depth – the competition extends beyond A-Level.
“This is an exceptional achievement for Mark – alongside the award, involvement in the Olympiad competition helps to enhance university applications and CVs for students who compete.”