Mark will take on the world
A 15-year-old student attending Colaiste Chill Mhantain will compete against some of the brightest young minds the world has to offer in the 14th International Junior Science Olympiad taking place in the Netherlands.
Mark Britchfield is the first County Wicklow student to qualify fr the competition in its fourteen year history.
He firstly had to qualify for the Irish Junior Science Olympiad. Finalists qualify through the Junior Certificate Examinations and are identified by the State Examinations Commission (SEC).
Mark was among 100 students nationwide who were shortlisted as a result of his combined top scores in maths and science in the Junior Certificate.
The competition took place in DCU in October and Mark was selected as one of the top-six students to represent Ireland at the Junior Science Olympiad, competing against 300 students from 50 countries around the world as they test their knowledge and skills in physics, biology and chemistry.
This year's theme is 'water and sustainability.' Two individual theoretical tests are followed by a practicum, which is a team effort for the students.
The programme around the tests gives the students the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes at Dutch, internationally oriented companies, work on real world challenges related to the theme and of course visit tourist highlights.
Wicklow hopes rest on Mark, with the competition running from Sunday, December 3, through to Tuesday, December 12.