2015 You Be The Chemist (YBTC)

For the 8th year Brenntag has sponsored local You Be The Chemist Challenges® for 5th – 8th grade students across the country. The Q & A style event was founded by the Chemical Educational Foundation® in 2004.

During February and March employee volunteers from Brenntag Northeast, Brenntag Specialties and the North American headquarters coordinated 4 local Pennsylvania Challenges, and 1 local New Jersey Challenge. The following employees participated: Kim Keith & Bryan Page overall coordinators, Nina Basile Lancaster coordinator, Shea Worman Lehigh coordinator, Deneen Bello Delaware/Chester coordinator, Michele Margherita Bergen coordinator and moderator, Steve Watts moderator, Kaitlyn Pietrusewicz moderator, Lori Sachs, Josh Kester, Luis Otero, Rob McCarthy, Sarah Seneca, Courtney Flood, Deanna Mulick, Tanya Mulick, Laura Isenberg, Alyssa Sweigart, Rick Wilson, Adam Murphy, Stephanie Borelli, Julie Horrell, Patty Stafford, Val Emore, Todd Stewart, Jessica Cifarelli, Sarah Stapleton, Diane McCann, Gywn McCann, Nathalie Shahabian, Barbara Nothstein, Jack Carroll, Petra Gill, Kevin Crews, John Ford, Rob Wheelan, Ariel Vered, Jigisha Patel, Diya Teresita Rojas, Leah Page.

Lehigh County, PA
The 2nd Annual Lehigh Valley Challenge was held on February 21, 2015 hosted by Muhlenberg College Chemistry Department.

Participating Schools: St. Thomas More (Allentown Diocese), Joseph P. Liberati Intermediate School (Southern Lehigh S.D.) and South Mountain Middle School (Allentown S.D.).

Participating Students: 15

Finalists moving onto the PA State Challenge are:

1st PlaceEvan Wimmer, Joseph Liberati
2nd PlaceCaitlin O’Brien, St. Thomas More
3rd PlaceAlan Zhang, Joseph Liberati
4th PlaceLucas Zhang, Joseph Liberati

Lancaster County, PA
The 1st Lancaster County Challenge was held on March 4, 2015 hosted by Manheim Central Middle School.

Participating Schools: Manheim Central Middle School and Edward Hand Middle School.

Participating Students: 25

The Challenge finalists moving onto the PA State Challenge are:

1st PlaceRachel King, Manheim Central
2nd PlaceAngel Pena, Edward Hand
3rd PlaceTy Tempalski, Manheim Central
4th PlaceKatrina Shenk, Manheim Central

Berks County, PA
The 8th Annual Berks County Challenge was held on March 7, 2015, hosted by Penn State University, Berks American Chemical Society Chapter.

Participating Schools: Antietam Middle School, St Catharine of Siena School, Wyomissing Junior Senior High School, Daniel Boone Middle School, Berks Christian School, Exeter Township Junior High School, Hamburg Area Middle School, Wilson West Middle School, Wilson Southern Middle School, Muhlenberg Middle School, CE Cole Intermediate School (Muhlenberg School District), Schuylkill Valley Middle School, Northwest Middle School (Reading School District)

Participating Students: 80

The Challenge finalists moving onto the PA State Challenge are:

1st PlaceSashank Sridhar, Wilson Southern
2nd PlaceYashica Kagithapu, Exeter Township
3rd PlaceSiddharth Mupparaju, Exeter Township
4th PlaceKrishna Nayak, Wilson West

Delaware & Chester County, PA
The 1st Delaware / Chester County Challenge was held on March 21, 2015, hosted by Garnet Valley Middle School in Glen Mills, PA.

Participating Schools: Garnet Valley Middle School, Radnor Middle School, Springton Lake Middles School, Great Valley Middle School

Participating Students: 40

The Challenge finalists moving onto the PA State Challenge are:

1st PlaceJustin Rheinstadter, Garnet Valley
2nd PlacePriya Ganesh, Radnor
3rd PlaceSasha He, Radnor
4th PlaceJashvi Desai, Garnet Valley

Bergen County, NJ
The 1st Annual Bergen County Challenge was held on March 28, 2015, hosted by Franklin Avenue Middle School in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Participating Schools: Franklin Avenue Middle School, David E Owens Middle School, Lewis F. Cole Middle School, Ridgewood Middle School

Participating Students: 30

The ten Challenge finalists moving onto the NJ State Challenge are:

David Owens: Zachary De Nichilo, Russel Rivera, Jack Lee
Lewis Cole: Jenny Kwak, Grace Tan
Franklin Avenue: Emily Slobodenyuk, Andrew Gao, Ronnie Millet, Connor Teehan, Robert Trosten

An alternate student was also named at each PA Challenge, in the event one of the four finalists is unable to participate in the State Challenge.

Nationwide 37 states plus Washington DC will hold State Challenges on April 25, 2015.

The PA State Challenge will be held at Penn State, University Park and is sponsored by Penn State University, BASF, Dow Chemical, and Brenntag North America.

Three NJ counties will each send 10 students to compete in the NJ State Challenge held at BASF in Florham Park and is sponsored by BASF, Dow Chemical and Brenntag North America.

The State Winners will compete in the National Challenge held on June 22, 2015, at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Brenntag's participation in community outreach is an important part of our responsibility as a chemical distributor. We are interested in participating in programs that will provide local benefit. Brenntag has partnered with the CEF® to help educate the community about the important role chemicals play in our society. Brenntag sponsors the You Be The Chemist Challenge® to spark interest in school age students in the sciences, especially chemistry. Our students today are our future tomorrow.

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