Top 20 high school students compete for spot on U.S. Chemistry Olympiad Team

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2017 — Twenty of the nation’s top high school chemistry students have been chosen to compete for one of four spots on the team representing the United States at the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, on July 6-15.

These students emerged from a series of exams that involved more than 16,000 students across the U.S. Their next stop in qualifying for the U.S. team will be the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 6-21.

During the camp, the students will receive college-level training, with an emphasis on organic chemistry, through a series of lectures, problem-solving exercises, lab work and testing. At the conclusion of the camp, the top four students will be named as members of the team.

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.

The 20 finalists – 16 boys and four girls, representing 15 ACS local sections and 14 states – are:

City/State Name High School
Ann Arbor, Mich. Yunfei Ma Skyline High School
Arden Hills, Minn. Alex Li Mounds View High School
Carmel, Ind. Brendan Yap* Carmel High School
Carmel, Ind. Allen Zhang* Carmel High School
Clayton, Mo. Tong Zhao Clayton High School
Cupertino, Calif. Steven Liu* Monta Vista High School
Hermon, Mass. Jiwon Lee Northfield Mount Hermon High
Hinsdale, Ill. Harrison Wang* Hinsdale Central School
Indianapolis, Ind. Andrew Wu Park Tudor High School
Indianapolis, Ind. Allen Zhao Park Tudor High School
Lexington, Mass. Joshua Park Lexington High School
Lincolnshire, Ill. Zachary Chin Stevenson High School
Marcellus, N. Y. Jeffery Shi* Marcellus High School
Oklahoma City, Okla. Aniket Dehadrai Oklahoma School of Sci. & Math
Princeton, N.J. Yutong Dai  Princeton Intl. School of Math & Sci.
Salt Lake City, Utah Thomas Draper Mountain View High School
San Diego, Calif. David Wu Westview High School
Southbury, Conn. Michelle Lu Pomperaug High School
West Windsor, N.J. Shannon Weng* West Windsor Plainsboro HS
Wexford, Pa. Gunasheil Mandava North Allegheny Senior High

*participated in the 2016 study camp

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