Former FSJ boy heading to International Chemistry Olympics

A former local boy is on his way to England to compete in the International Chemistry Olympiad.

16 year old Jeremy Witmer will be heading to Cambridge University on July 18th. He says he hopes to bring home a gold medal.

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But Witmer isn’t your average chemistry-whiz. At only 16 years old, he has already graduated from High School and will be attending university in the fall.

His family lived in Fort St. John for most of Witmer’s life, until his parents decided to relocate to Abbotsford, partially to nurture their son’s gift.

Witmer says he decided to compete in the Olympiad when his High-School Chemistry teacher asked his class to write a preliminary exam.

Out of all the applicants, he was one of ten students chosen to compete in a Toronto Chemistry Camp. He was then chosen, along with three other contestants, to represent Canada at the Olympiad.

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Just like the Olympics scheduled for Vancouver of next year, there will be Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals awarded to those who excel in the tests.

Contestants will take part in two five-hour exams. One will be a lab test, and the other will include a theory exam.

The exams are at a University second and third-year level, in Organic Chemistry. Witmer says he is using the days leading up to the event to study.