Exeter Junior High School Student Claims Nationally Recognized Chemistry Competition Title for Pennsylvania

On April 25, 2009 three middle school students from Berks County showed their knowledge of chemistry concepts, important discoveries, and chemical safety awareness at the State level of a nationally acclaimed chemistry competition.

Nabil Shaikh, Sanobar Shaikh and Nicholas Mavreles, from Exeter Junior High School, competed against one another and three other students from Butler County for the Pennsylvania You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Challenge – an academic question and answer competition created by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) based in Arlington, VA. Nabil was the ultimate winner of the competition. It was the first annual Pennsylvania YBTC Challenge held at Penn State Harrisburg. The YBTC Challenge has been held at the local level at the Berks County Intermediate Unit for the past 3 years. You Be the Chemist aims to engage students from grades 5-8 in chemistry through a dynamic event that partners members of the chemical industry with schools and organizations in the communities in which they operate.

Brenntag North America Inc, headquartered in Reading, PA co-sponsored the program along with BASF in Pittsburgh, PA.

Nabil will travel to Philadelphia on June 19, 2009 to compete in the National Challenge at the National Constitution Center. There he will compete with state winners from across the country.

At the national competition, each participant will receive fun prizes, such as chemistry kits, T-shirts, and gift certificates to the Discovery Channel Store. The first, second and third place winners will win money for future educational use.