A New Zealand secondary school team is on its way home from the International Biology Olympiad in Taiwan—bringing a hat-trick of medals along with them.
Benjamin Bai, Richard Chou, Vicky Tai and Jack Zhou, all students in Auckland, represented the country at the 22nd Biology Olympiad.
Among the haul is a gold medal for Zhou, now ranked 21st in the world (New Zealand's first gold and highest-ever global ranking); a silver for Bai and a bronze for Chou.
The competition pits the top four young biologists from 59 countries against each other in an intense round of practical assessments and theory examinations.
"It is an outstanding achievement for these young biologists. It is a fitting reward for their diligence, dedication and sheer hard work over the last year," team leader Dr Angela Sharples says.
"We should all be proud of the achievement of this New Zealand team. They have proved themselves to be amongst the world’s best.”
The students travelled to Taiwan with the help of the Talented Student Travel Award, funded by the Ministry of Science & Innovation and administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.