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

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2019 — The teachers competing for prizes in the “Jeopardy!TM” Teachers Tournament are not the only ones studying and preparing for tests. Twenty of the nation’s top high school chemistry students have outscored more than 16,000 others to qualify for an intensive study camp at the University of Maryland, June 2-13.

The top four students from the 20 attending the camp will represent the U.S. at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Paris on July 21-30. Two additional students will be designated as alternates on the U.S. team.

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.

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 Chemours; the University of Maryland at College Park, department of chemistry and biochemistry; Carolina Biological Supply Company; Macmillan Learning; Texas Instruments; Pearson and others.

The 20 finalists, including 18 boys and two girls representing 10 states, are:

City/StateNameHigh School

Alexandria, Va.

William Xu

T.J. High School for Science and Technology

Atlanta, Ga.

Ridings Bald

The Westminster Schools

Carmel, Ind.

Iris Yan*

Carmel High School

Carmel, Ind.

Yannik Singh

Carmel High School

Cleveland, Ohio

Albert Zhu*

Solon High School

Dallas, Texas

Nicholas Tsao

St. Mark’s School of Texas

Indianapolis, Ind.

Jenny Cai* 

Park Tudor High School

Irvine, Calif.

Anton Ni*

University High School

Irvine, Calif.

Edward Jin*

Arnold O. Beckman High School

Lexington, Mass.

Alex Li*

Lexington High School

Lexington, Mass.

Alec Zhu

Lexington High School

Lincolnshire, Ill.

Allen Ding*

Stevenson High School

Livonia, Mich.

Yajvan Ravan*

Churchill High School

North Hollywood, Calif.

Albert Liu*

North Hollywood High School

Oklahoma City, Okla.

Aaron Xue          

Oklahoma School of Science & Math

San Diego, Calif.

Andrew Feng

Canyon Crest Academy

San Diego, Calif.

David Wu**

Westview High School

San Ramon, Calif.

Anugrah Chemparathy

Dougherty Valley High School

San Ramon, Calif.

Michael Han

Dougherty Valley High School

Westborough, Mass.

Ananthan Sadagopan

Westborough High School

* Students who participated in 2018 IChO Study Camp
** Students who participated in 2017 and 2018 IChO Study Camps

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