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Crystal competition sparkles green.

High school students and teachers from across Canada competed to grow the best quality, largest and heaviest crystals in the annual National Crystal Growing Competition. A special category, "best green crystal," was sponsored by Universite de Quebec a Chicoutimi in honour of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry. The evaluators were impressed by the final product: a good quality crystal with a lovely green hue.

This year, all crystals were grown using aluminum potassium sulphate. Reagents and prizes for the winning students were supplied by the competition sponsor Anachemia Science. Students were given from Oct. 8 to Nov. 12 to grow their crystals. Regional winners were selected, followed by national judging late last December.

Best Overall Crystals

First Place: Andree Vigneault and Sarah Vigneault of Ecole Mgr-Labrie, Havre-St-Pierre, Que.

Second Place: Mike Van Laren of Holy Cross Secondary School, Kingston, Ont. and Brandon Phelps, Trystin Hinz and Laurence Elder of A.Y. Jackson High School, Kanata, Ont.

Third Place: Judy Gagnon-Timmons of Ecole Secondaire Natagan, Barraute, Que.

Best Quality Crystal

Myriam Fiset of Ecole Secondaire Natagan, Barraute, Que.

Best Crystal from Teacher

Surinder Ahitan of North Albion Collegiate Institute, Etobicoke, Ont.

Best Green Crystal

Luxika Paskaran, Manpreet Jodgey, Sneha Skariah and Minija Somasundaram of Middlefield Collegiate Institute, Markham, Ont.
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Title Annotation:RECOGNITION
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Date:Mar 1, 2012
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