Scientific Breakthrough: Student Achievement

One of our soon-to-be graduates recently accomplished a notable feat.

Anthony Bello, a Grade 12 student at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) is now among the best-of-the-best students in Canada when it comes to chemistry.

Kevin Toste, Grade 12 Chemistry Teacher at SMCS and Anthony Bello, Grade 12 Graduate of SMCS

On May 9, five of the top chemistry students from SMCS wrote the Chem 13 News Examination from the University of Waterloo. 

This examination provides an opportunity for a prospective University of Waterloo student in year one of a Chemistry or Biochemistry program to explore chemical research by working in a laboratory with a professor and a research group.

“What Anthony accomplished by scoring in the top 200 in Canada and the United States out of 2,137 participants is quite astonishing,” says Kevin Toste, chemistry teacher at SMCS. “It is a testament to the vast knowledge and analytical skills that he has acquired in chemistry over his scholastic career at SMCS,” he says.

The 17-year-old, a school Prefect and Ambassador, in addition to taking part in a host of co-curricular clubs and activities, also placed 299th in the world, out of 2,137 participants.

Fr. Leung, CSB, Interim President of SMCS, Kevin Toste, Grade 12 Chemistry Teacher at SMCS, and Anthony Bello, Grade 12 Graduate of SMCS.

“Anthony is a quiet, polite, and humble individual. Throughout the year, he has consistently demonstrated a high level of excellence in Grade 12 chemistry. He is a model of preparation,” says Mr. Toste.

With this achievement, Anthony received a limited-edition plaque featuring an element from the University of Waterloo's Periodic Table Project.

For his part, Anthony says Mr. Toste’s Grade 12 Chemistry class, “prepared me to be successful in the contest.” He adds, “I am thankful for the opportunity to write this contest.”