Reading, PA - On March 5, 2016, 51 middle school students from the Berks County area demonstrated their knowledge of chemistry concepts, important discoveries, and chemical safety awareness at the local level of a national chemistry competition of the You Be The Chemist Challenge® (Challenge) – an academic question-and-answer competition created by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF). The Challenge competition aims to engage grade 5-8 students in chemistry through a dynamic event that partners industry members with schools and organizations in the communities in which they operate.
The local-level portion of the Challenge was once again sponsored by leading chemical distributor Brenntag North America, Inc. and was held at Penn State Berks Campus, Reading, PA. Students from Berks County participated, totaling 51 students from eleven schools.
The top four students from the Berks County Local Challenge are: First Place – Krishna Nayak – Wilson West Middle School; Second Place – Christian Nguyen – St. Catharine of Sienna; Third Place – Sahith Kurapati – Exeter Jr. High School; Fourth Place – Myriah Heydt – Muhlenberg Middle School and Alternate – Alexandria Baum – Hamburg Middle School. The top four students will advance to the Pennsylvania State Challenge on April 23, 2016 held at Penn State University, Main Campus, 201 Old Main, University Park, PA. The winner of the state competition will move on to compete in the National Challenge held on June 20, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. There, they will compete with state winners from across the country.
At the national competition, each participant will receive fun prizes, such as T-shirts and gift certificates to the Discovery Channel Store. The first through fourth-place winners will also receive scholarships for future educational use. In addition to the Challenge and prizes, each participant and a chaperone will be treated to various activities in historic Philadelphia, such as a visit to The Franklin Institute and a celebratory dinner at the National Constitution Center. For more information about the competition, please visit CEF’s website at www.chemed.org.