George McDougall grad recognized for 100 per cent on diploma exam
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 01:08 pm
George McDougall High School graduate Christopher Bell, said he was just trying to do his best when he went in to write his Chemistry 30 diploma exam during his final semester of high school last year.
“When I came out (from the exam) I thought ‘wow, I think I got every single question (correct),’” Bell said.
Bell was on hand at the Jan. 23, at the Rocky View Schools (RVS) board of trustees meeting where he was recognized as one of two RVS students who received 100 per cent on a Provincial Diploma Exam in the final semester of the 2012 to 2013 school year.
Currently in the engineering program at the University of Calgary, Bell hopes to become a highway engineer, designing freeways and interchanges.
He said the schedule for his last semester in high school was challenging due to a 7:30 a.m. social studies class because the three science classes he took in the afternoons were a bit easier for him.
“I realized I’m actually a science geek,” Bell told the trustees.
He credits doing a number of practice questions as a main reason for his perfect grade on the chemistry exam.
He said he would focus more on the practice questions he got wrong and utilized study periods to memorize formulas.
“Don’t study just before the exam,” Bell advises other students. “Commit the entire semester to studying and space it out.”
Bell added he would also review concepts learned earlier in the semester to refresh his memory and is a big advocator for completing practice questions even if they are not required to be completed by the teacher.
“Ask questions about the labs and practice problems,” he added.
Bell’s final year at George McDougall was memorable for more than the perfect grade, the avid musician also accompanied the school choir and jazz band in performing the national anthem at the Airdrie Air Show and helped organize the Ride of the Mustangs, a 48-hour stationary bike marathon that raised more than $130,000 for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Oncology Unit.
“You’re very well rounded,” Superintendent of Schools Don Hoium said, “and obviously a very good product from George McDougall.”
Bell received a plaque from the board along with congratulations.
Will Bateman a Springbank High School graduate, who was unable to attend the meeting because he was in the United States, was also recognized for achieving 100 per cent on his Chemistry 30 diploma exam.