Twenty student finalists compete for U.S. International Chemistry Olympiad team

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2009 — Twenty of the nation's top high school chemistry students from 12 states will compete for a place on the team representing the United States at the 41st annual International Chemistry Olympiad from July 18-27, 2009, in Cambridge, England. The American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsors the U.S. team.

Eighteen boys and two girls won the final 20 spots from a competitive pool of more than 11,000 high school students nationwide. Four contestants will be chosen for the final team and two students will serve as alternates at the end of the summer training camp held June 3-18 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The four-member U.S. team will compete against teams from more than 65 other countries.

“The ACS is proud of its Olympiad contenders who are representative of the best chemistry students in this country,” said ACS President Thomas H. Lane, Ph.D., a strong supporter of science education. “The Olympiad program is a way to stimulate interests in science among thousands of students. ACS and its more than 154,000 members are dedicated to engaging students in the wonders of chemistry and to the development of our next generation of scientific leaders,” Lane said.

The 20 U.S. finalists who will participate in this year's study camp and compete for positions on the Olympiad team are:



High School

Arcadia, Calif.

Cerritos, Calif.

San Diego, Calif.

West Hills, Calif.

Westport, Conn.

Dunwoody, Ga.

Barrington, Ill.

Naperville, Ill.

Oak Park, Ill.

West Lafayette, Ind.

Acton, Mass.

Hopkinton, Mass.

Hopkinton, Mass.

Clarksville, Md.

Raleigh, N.C.

Monmouth Junction, N.J.

Westfield, N.J.

Vestal, N.Y.

Houston, Texas

Oakton, Va.

Edward Xue

Joe Tung

Alex Chang

Claresta Joe-Wong

Alexander Siegenfeld

Brian Seifried

John Rosenberg

Krystle Leung

Robin Jia

Nathan Benjamin

Danny Chiao

Alexander Smith

Geoffrey Smith

Richard Li

Akhil Jariwala

Utsarga Sikder

Yixiao Wang

Colin Lu

Joshua Rozner

Stephen Eltinge

Arcadia High School

Gretchen Whitney

Torrey Pines

Harvard-Westlake School

Hopkins School

Chamblee High School

Barrington High School

Naperville Central High School

Oak Park/River Forest High School

W.H. Harrison High School

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School

St. Mark's School

St. Mark’s School

River Hill High School

N.C. School of Science/Mathematics

South Brunswick High School

Westfield High School

Vestal High School

Bellaire High School

Thomas Jefferson Sci. & Tech.

The U.S. team has been a strong competitor at the international event. The 2008 team won one silver and three bronze medals. In 1999 and 2000, the U.S. team won the gold medal.

The 2009 competitors are mentored by chemistry teachers Linda Wood, Lowndes High School, Valdosta, Ga.; Jack Kotz, State University of New York, Oneonta, N.Y.; Kristin Fletcher, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Andrew Freddo, 2006 silver medal winner of the International Chemistry Olympiad and now a student at the California Institute of Technology.

The International Chemistry Olympiad began with Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary in 1968. Other Western and European countries joined later, with the United States first participating in 1984.

Principal funding for the U.S. Chemistry Olympiad team is through the ACS’ Othmer Olympiad Endowment with additional support from the Air Force Academy; Advanced Chemistry Development; BrandTech Scientific, Inc.; Carolina Biological Supply Company; Fisher Scientific; Flinn Scientific, Inc.; Holt McDougal/Cengage Learning; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; McGraw-Hill Companies; Merck Publishing Group; Pearson Prentice Hall; Texas Instruments, Inc.; and Sigma Aldrich Co.



Charmayne Marsh