We send our warmest congratulations to 12 of the SWA student participants who travelled to Singapore this week to take part in the International Biomedical Quiz 2017 hosted by the Anglo-Chinese Junior College’s Science and Mathematics Council (ACJC SMC) and in collaboration with the National University Hospital (NUH) and Academy of Medicine. The event was an international competition that students spent several months preparing for, both after school and at home. There were two categories: Category 1 was open to students in grades 9 through 10 and Category 2 was open to students in Grades 11 to 12. Participants in both categories were judged based on a university-level understanding of selected topics in the Immune System with an emphasis on the physiology of the innate immune system and the acquired immune system, the pathologic states that can arise from different types of inflammation and an altered immune response as well as the clinical manifestations of major pathological conditions afflicting the immune system. The competition requires students to develop and apply creative problem-solving techniques that a medical doctor would use in diagnosing patients, applying principles of pathophysiology to real-world cases in the competition.
SWA student participants were very successful in this year’s competition winning:
4 Gold Medals awarded to Jocelyn Dung, Kevin Alexander, Hansen Tjo, Edeline Suliarta
4 Silver Medals awarded to Chloe Koh Wern Xuan, Gabriella Sawai, Arjun Nagarajan, Edward Louis Natanael
4 Bronze Medals awarded to Kelly Chandra Lie, Sebastian David Togatorop, Natalia Henriette Lakshymy Brenn, Cia Ay Yao
Not only does individual student performance this year exceed that of last year, it should be noted that our Category 2 Team was placed as the highest ranking international team in the competition, which is a first for SWA! Student participants should be very proud of their accomplishments in this event as it was not only challenging- requiring a great deal of training and learning outside of the classroom but also unlike academic challenges that they have faced in the past. As teachers, we are exceptionally pleased with the results and very proud of all participants who demonstrated courage, commitment and willingness to go above and beyond what is expected of them in the classroom. Some of the most important learning taking place in these types of competitions is helping students discover that they do have the ability to overcome large challenges and helping them figure out how to do so in a practical setting. All participants should be very proud of their accomplishments. Family, friends and teachers please take a moment to congratulate them and recognise their achievement in this highly competitive international competition.