U.S. Alpha Kappa Team chosen for the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2017 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) is proud to announce the team that will represent the U.S. at the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, from July 6 to 15.

The members of the U.S. Team Alpha Kappa are:

Steven Liu of Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, California
Joshua Park
of Lexington High School, Lexington, Massachusetts
Harrison Wang
of Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, Illinois
Brendan Yap
of Carmel High School, Carmel, Indiana


1st alternate: Jeffrey Shi of Marcellus High School, Marcellus, New York      
2nd alternate: Aniket Dehadrai
of Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma       

The competition for the U.S. team was fierce, beginning with a multiple-choice exam taken by nearly 16,000 high school students across the country. The top 1,000 then advanced to take the National Chemistry Olympiad test. From there, the top 20 went on to a study camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where four were selected for the team along with two as alternates.

The IChO originated with Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary in 1968. Soon, other Eastern European countries joined the event; Western Europe began participating in 1974. The first U.S. team competed in 1984, winning one silver and two bronze medals.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has sponsored the American team annually since the U.S. joined the Olympiad in 1984. Principal funding is through the ACS Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Olympiad Endowment, with additional support from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Department of Chemistry; Carolina Biological Supply Company; National Geographic Learning|Cengage Learning;

Fisher Science Education; Flinn Scientific Inc.; Prentice Hall Publishers; Texas Instruments Inc.; University Science Books; Sigma-Aldrich Inc.; and Wiley & Sons Publishers.

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Left to right: Park, Liu, Yap and Wang
Credit: Michael Danahy
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