Synthite Science Prize winner from the Elfed School , Buckley, Tom Gorrell with the Mold company's K

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Aspiring astrophysicist lands school’s annual science prize

An aspiring astrophysicist has taken a step towards his dream career after winning his school’s annual science prize.

Tom Gorrell, 16, scooped Elfed High School’s Synthite Science Award after achieving an A* in his year 10 science exams which counts towards his final GCSE grade.

Tom, who wants to go on to study astrophysics, achieved the highest marks in his year across biology, chemistry and physics.

Sponsored by Mold-based chemicals firm, Synthite, the prize goes to the student who has demonstrated exceptional effort in the subject over the previous 12 months.

Tom’s classmates Adam Kenny and Josh Gonzalez, both 15 and from Buckley, were runners up after also earning an A* grade.

Tom said: “I was really happy to learn I had won the award because science is such a huge interest for me.

“I’ve known for quite a while that I want to have a career in astrophysics, and winning this award will help me stand out when applying for college and university.”

Astrophysics is a branch of space science that applies the laws of physics and chemistry to explain the birth, life and death of objects in the solar system including stars and planets.

Elfed High’s head of science, Rob Head, said: “All three students work superbly in lessons, and I expect their grades to reflect that in the summer.

“It was a close decision, but Tom edged Adam and Josh as he got the overall highest mark.

“I believe all three are hoping to study science at college, and I’m confident they will continue to achieve fantastic grades and establish successful careers.”

Synthite general manager of operations, Keith Polden said the company started the science prize to encourage more young people to follow a science-based career.

He said: “I’m thrilled to see all three students recognised for their significant achievements in science.

“It’s not easy to achieve A*s and doing so is a testament to their hard work in the subject.

“We wish them well for their final exams in the summer and their subsequent education and career choices.”

Synthite has operated from Alyn Works, Denbigh Road, Mold, since the 1950s. It employs 120 people.

Its main product is formaldehyde, a basic building block of the chemical industry. Formaldehyde is used in the manufacture of a vast array of everyday goods, ranging from cosmetics to furniture and floorboards.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Sam Harris .

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