Copper (II) sulfate was the medium of choice for the 2012 National Crystal Growing Competition, which took place from October 8 to November 12, 2012 and was sponsored by Anachemia Science (a VWR  company). The best overall cry­stal (pictured) was grown by Sarah Dérosby, Myriam Beaudin and Alexandre Fallu of École Mgr-Labrie, Havre-St-Pierre, Que. Second place overall went to George Sung, Benny Tang and Ian Shan of Point Grey Secondary School, Vancouver, B.C., and third place to Josh Lee of Fredericton High School, Fredericton, N.B. Full results of the crystal growing competition can be found at National Crystal Growing Competition.