U.S. Team Wins Gold, Silver Medals at International Chemistry Olympiad

July 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. high school student team competing in the 41st International Chemistry Olympiad won one gold and three silver medals at the event held July 18-26 in Cambridge, England. The students, from Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey and New York, competed against more than 250 students from 65 countries.

The four U.S. students were selected from a beginning pool of more than 11,000 high school chemistry students who vied to be on the team. These four emerged after a two-week training camp held for the 20 student finalists in mid-June at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, sponsors the U.S. team along with additional support from other partners.

ACS President Thomas H. Lane, Ph.D., congratulated the U.S. team and said: “These students are representative of the best chemistry students in the nation. Events such as the International Chemistry Olympiad are an effective way to stimulate interest in science among thousands of students. We are proud of the winners whose dedication and hard work led to this victory. They will be an inspiration to other students to engage in the wonders of chemistry and the development of our next generation of scientific leaders.”

The U.S. medalists are:

Yixiao Wang, Westfield, New Jersey, Westfield High School, gold medal.

Brian Seifried, Dunwoody, Ga., Chamblee High School, silver medal..

Nathan Benjamin, West Lafayette, Ind., W.H. Harrison High School, silver medal.

Colin Lu, Vestal, N.Y., Vestal High School, silver medal.

The ACS is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 154,000 members. ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

SOURCE American Chemical Society

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