Set for Kazakhstan

Two Halabja students secure top spots in Iraq to qualify for International Biology Olympiad finals

HALABJA — Two students from Halabja’s Boys’ High School have distinguished themselves nationally in the field of biology, securing first and fourth places in Iraq and advancing to the final round of the International Biology Olympiad.

The International Biology Olympiad, a prestigious global competition aimed at pre-university students under the age of 20, is being held this year in Kazakhstan. The event has drawn participants from 160 countries.

Shad Nawshirwan and Shahzad Malik, along with two peers from Erbil, will represent Iraq in the final stages of the competition.

Mabast Muhsin, the students’ supervisor and teacher, informed 964media that the Olympiad, now in its 25th year, permits each participating country to send only four students to the finals. “After navigating through three stages of evaluations and theoretical exams over 2023 and 2024 with considerable effort, our students competed in the penultimate stage in Erbil and succeeded in advancing to the final round,” Muhsin said.

A special training camp is planned in Erbil for the final stage, where the students will receive practical instruction from their teachers and experts from Tishk University.

Two years prior, another student from the same Halabja school achieved eighth place worldwide at the Olympiad held in Armenia.