Israelis score silver, bronze medals at International Chemistry Olympiad


(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israeli high school students performed well this year in international math and physics competitions, and it turns out they're not bad at chemistry, either: The four-member Israeli delegation to the International Chemistry Olympiad in Tbilisi, Georgia, brought home one silver and one bronze medal.

A member of the Israeli team holds up her country's flag at the closing ceremony of the International Chemistry Olympiad in Tbilisi, Georgia. Credit: Facebook. 

Ron Solan, a student at Rishonim High School in Herzliya, captured the silver, while Rina Sevostianov, a student at the Mekif Gimmel High School in Ashdod, took home a bronze medal. The team trained for the competition at the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

A total of 66 countries sent teams to the International Chemistry Olympiad. Israel ranked 20th overall, and second among the Western nations that participated, after the U.S. The Romanian team won first place overall, followed by China in both second and third place.

"Time and again, Israeli students bring honor and pride to Israel in international science competitions," Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Tuesday.

Posted on August 3, 2016 .