Wauwatosa, WI, April 28, 2016 – For the 6th consecutive year Brenntag Great Lakes sponsored the You Be The Chemist Challenge® for 5th – 8th grade students. Developed by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF), the Challenge is a question and answer competition for students to test their knowledge of chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, chemical safety awareness and real-world applications as they compete to represent their state on a national level.
During February, March, and April employee volunteers from Brenntag coordinated school visits, 2 local Wisconsin, and 4 local Minnesota Challenges. Every student participant received a YBTC t-shirt.
Local Wisconsin Challenges were held in Waukesha County on March 20, 2016, at Holy Family Home School with 15 participants, and on March 23, 2016, at Nature Hill Intermediate School with 15 participants. From these 31 students, 14 finalists moved onto the WI State Challenge held April 14th, 2016. The State Challenge winner who will represent WI at the National Challenge is Elizabeth Scott of Holy Family Home School. Other students placing were all from Nature Hill Intermediate School: first runner-up Tucker Pasbrig, second Brendon Mortsen, and third Austin Luban.
Local Minnesota Challenges were held by qualifying exams at the following St. Paul area schools: Prairie View Elementary School with 40 student participants, Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet with 18 participants, Christenson Academy Prior Lake with 4 participants, and Ridgeview Elementary School with 30 participants. 20 students qualified to compete in the MN State Challenge held on April 22, 2016. The State Challenge winner who will represent MN at the National Challenge is Sasha Hydrie of Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet. Other students placing were first runner-up Simon Mulrooney of Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet, second Suchita Sah of Prairie View Elementary School, and third Krish Inba Rajashankar of Ridgeview Elementary School.
At the 12th annual National Challenge held in Philadelphia, PA, on June 20, 2016, Elizabeth and Sasha will compete against other state competition winners. The top four finalists at the National You Be The Chemist Challenge® will receive scholarships totaling $18,500.