Two Merit awards for Sri Lanka at International Biology Olympiad 2013 at Bern, Switzerland

Sara R Kapukotuwa of Maliyadeva Balika Vidyalaya, Kurunagala and Shaamali Gunawardana of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo won merit awards at International Biology Olympiad (IBO 2013) Competition held at Bern, Switzerland from 14-21 July 2013.

Prof Hiran Amarasekera, Prof Jayantha Wijeyaratne, Ambassador Mr. Sarath Kongahage, Sara Kapukotuwa, Melanie Senevirathna, Shaamali Gunawardena and Wasana Kodithuwakku

Prof Hiran Amarasekera, Prof Jayantha  , Ambassador Mr. Sarath Kongahage, Sara Kapukotuwa, Melanie Senevirathna, Shaamali Gunawardena and Wasana Kodithuwakku

The Sri Lankan Biology Olympiad (SLBO 2012) competition to select these students  was conducted in November 2012 in 6 universities around the country, namely the Universities of Colombo, Sri Jayewardeneprua, Peradeniya, Ruhuna, Jaffna and Eastern.  Examination, which consisted of a two hour paper, was conducted in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages. A total of 1354 students participated this competition. Based on the results of SLBO 2012, 13 Gold, 20 Silver, 27 Bronze Medals and 35 Merit certificates were awarded.

Melanie, Wasana, Shaamali and Sara at Opening ceremony of IBO 2013 at the Kulturcasino Bern

Melanie, Wasana, Shaamali and Sara at Opening ceremony of IBO 2013 at the Kulturcasino Bern

IBO 2013, Bern, Switzerland

IBO 2013, Bern, Switzerland

Among those medal winners, best four students were selected to participate this International Competition.  P B K Sara R Kapukotuwa (Maliyadeva Balika, Kurunagala), S D Shaamali S Gunawardana (Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo), Melanie D Senevirahtne (Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo) and L Wasaba Kodithuwakku (Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo) were selected to participate this international competition  (IBO 2013) .

Prof Hiran Amarasekera (University of Sri Jayewardenepura) and Prof M J S Wijeyarathna (University of Kelaniya) also participated as Jury members to IBO 2013.