Bright spark


High achievers: Clifford (third from left) with his college debate club teamates.matesatesteamdcteammatesembers.

High achievers: Clifford (third from left) with his college debate club teamates.matesatesteamdcteammatesembers.

MALAYSIAN lad Clifford Yin Shen Sia, formerly from Kian Kok Middle School, Kota Kinabalu, was recently awarded the Roentgenium Award, the top prize in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.

More than 6,000 students across the United Kingdom participated in the challenge and only 66 of those students were awarded a Roentgenium award. Clifford scored in the highest category, which placed him in the top 1% of participants.

This bright student joined Cardiff Sixth Form College (CSFC) in September 2013. Now, at 16, Clifford has enjoyed many academic successes.

In March, he won Gold Awards in the Chemistry and Biology Olympiads. Clifford was also selected for the final round in the Biology Olympiad, with the chance of competing in the International Biology Olympiad in Bali, Indonesia.

Outside of the classroom, Clifford is a keen debater and regularly attends the college debate club. He was part of the team who went head to head with 12 schools in the Debating Matters Competition final, held at the British Library, London, in June. At this competition, judges praised Clifford’s “perceptive questions and calm statistical explanations”.

Clifford dreams of becoming a doctor after completing his two-year A-Level programme and hopes to enter a top UK university.

He will be presented with coveted Roentgenium Award in a formal ceremony at the Royal Society of Chemistry, in the middle of the month.

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