16 year-old Han Mertens from Malden in the Netherlands, a student at the Stedelijk Gymnasium in Nijmegen, has won the 34th National Chemistry Olympiad (NCO), ahead of around 4000 other participants. Three other competitors also shared in the prizes: Ronen Brilleslijper (JSG. Maimonides, Amsterdam), Christian Böhmer (Tabor College Werenfridus, Hoorn) and Ymro Hoogendoorn (Penta college CSG. Scala, Spijkenisse). The Dutch National Chemistry Olympiad is an annual competition between talented students of chemistry in secondary education from all around the Netherlands. The aim is to raise the profile of chemistry in secondary schools and to foster talent.
Winners participate in the International Chemistry Olympiad
The four winners will represent the Netherlands at the 45th International Chemistry Olympiad, to be held in Moscow between 15 and 24 July 2013. High school students from more than 70 countries will compete in this international Olympiad. This will give the Dutch participants the chance to measure themselves against talented students from all around the world, and develop international contacts.