Marley Xiong, a grade 11 student at The Woodlands Secondary School has been selected as one of four students to represent Canada at the International Biology Olympiad—the highest level of competition for secondary school students around the world— in Denmark this July. This year, over 60 countries will be send delegations to the event.
In order to qualify, The Woodlands biology students began creating their portfolios at the beginning of second semester for the Canadian Biology Olympiad (CBO), a two-round competition designed to test students' practical and theoretical knowledge of biology. Students then wrote an exam at the University of Toronto's National Biology Competition in May. Out of nearly 4,000 participants, Xiong, along with fellow Woodlands students April Liu and Sandra Nguyen, placed in the top three per cent, with Xiong placing second overall. Due to their combined efforts, The Woodlands School came in fifth place across Canada.
As a result of Xiong's outstanding performance in the Canadian Biology Olympiad, she will attend the National Training Camp at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), where she will hone her lab skills and prepare for further rounds of competition at the international level.