Romania’s national team of chemistry obtained four medals (one gold, one silver and two bronzes) at the 43rd edition of the „D. Mendeleev” International Chemistry Olympiad, held over April 25 – May 2, 2009, in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), according to a press release of the Romanian Ministry of Education.
Vlad Alexandru Puscasu, a 12th grade high school student, studying at the „Vasile Lucaciu” National College in the northern Romanian city of Baia Mare, won the gold medal in the International Chemistry Olympiad for the 2nd year consecutively.
Ioana Moga, 11th grade high school student, studying at the Oradea-based (western Romania) „Emanuil Gojdu” National College, won the silver medal, with the bronze medal having been got by Maria Sanziana Muraru, a 12th grade high school student from the „Tudor Vianu” National Informatics College in Bucharest, Laurentiu Mintici, a 12th grade high school student from the „Ovidiu” Theoretical High School in Constanta (southeastern Romania).
There were 87 pupils registered in the competition this year, representing 13 countries. They competed in 3 tests, two theory tests and one practical test, each lasting for five hours.