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June 25, 2009 14:31 ET

Appleby College Science Students Selected to Represent Canada in International Olympiads

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 25, 2009) - Two Appleby students have been selected to represent Canada at two prestigious science olympiads in July. Aaron Hakim and Eric Coomes, both Grade 12 students, competed against thousands of high school students across the country to gain two of the coveted top four spots in their respective disciplines.

Hakim will represent Canada at the International Biology Olympiad, taking place from July 12 to 19 in Tsukuba, Japan. Selection was based on a year-long process with the Canadian Biology Olympiad. The competition involves intensive practical and theoretical exams.

In June, during the National Chemistry Olympiad, Coomes also earned a top four spot to compete in the international competition in Cambridge, United Kingdom this summer. To get to the internationals, Coomes had to compete in a series of theoretical and practical examinations.

"I excelled in the practical areas of the exam and I attribute this to the extensive practical work Appleby offers in its chemistry courses," said Coomes about the work involved to get to the nationals.

In addition, he placed ninth out of 2,550 high school students from across the world in the ChemNews Waterloo Exam. Though Coomes has chosen to attend McMaster University, the top 10 students in this contest are given the choice of attending the University of Waterloo with a research grant.

"This is an outstanding achievement by these students and reflects both their absolute commitment to academic excellence as well as the strength of Appleby's science programs to encourage and support such success," says Brian O'Leary, Appleby science and technology teacher.

In addition, three other Grade 11 Appleby students also competed in science competitions and came out on top. Dodam Ih made the top 10 in the National Physics Olympiad in June. He competed against thousands of senior students across Canada on university-level exams and exercises. Samantha Koh and Barry Zhang were both in the top five percentile of the 4,800 students who wrote the University of Waterloo Avogadro chemistry exam.

About Appleby College

Appleby College is an independent school for more than 750 young men and women in Grades 7 to 12. Founded in 1911, Appleby offers a university preparatory education to both boarding and day students. The curriculum offers an exceptionally diverse education that combines rigorous academics with dynamic arts, athletics and community service. For more information, visit

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