Chemical Educational Foundation Announces Winner of 2013 National You Be The
Chemist Challenge; Awards Academic Scholarships
Washington 6th Grader Beats Out 20,000 Students Nationally
ARLINGTON, Va., June 27, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Eshan Kemp, sixth
grader from Bellevue, Washington, won the title of 2013 National You Be The
Chemist Challenge® (National Challenge) Champion on June 24 at The Kimmel
Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
The You Be The Chemist Challenge®, created by the Chemical Educational
Foundation® (CEF), is a quiz bowl style academic competition that engages
grade 5-8 students in learning chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and
chemical safety awareness. Throughout the school year over 20,000 students
across the country participated in Local and/or State Challenges with the top
27 students qualifying to compete in the national competition.
The 2013 National Challenge participants battled through nine thrilling rounds
before Eshan Kemp emerged as champion. Nathanael Kim, a 6th grader
representing Illinois, Jasmine Xu, a 7th grader representing California, and
Chi Cao, an 8th grader representing Louisiana, placed second, third, and
fourth, respectively. The top four placing students received academic
scholarships, while all participants walked away with prizes including
trophies, Thames & Kosmos CHEM3000 chemistry kits, gift certificates to the
Discovery Channel Store, and more.
The competition brought together over 200 chemical industry representatives,
family members, and educators in a celebration of chemistry. "I am continually
impressed by the bright young minds that participate in this program. Watching
the participants become excited as they connect the chemistry concepts to
their everyday lives is a truly rewarding experience for all who are
involved," stated John Rice, CEF Executive Director, "The Challenge is a
wonderful celebration of the hard work put forth not only by the students but
by all the industry members and educators who have participated in the program
within their local communities and contributed to its advancement," he added.
While in Philadelphia, the National Challenge participants and a chaperone
were treated to various activities, such as a tour of the Academy of Natural
Sciences, an afternoon of science discovery at The Franklin Institute, and the
Challenge Celebration Dinner held at the National Constitution Center. The
Challenge Celebration Dinner included an award ceremony, live chemistry show,
and provided participants the opportunity to interact with business leaders,
chemists, and science educators.
The National Challenge and all of its surrounding events are organized by CEF
and sponsored by members of the chemical industry. Interested in
sponsoring/participating in the 2013-2014 Challenge? Contact CEF at
2013 National Challenge sponsors:
oDiamond Sponsor: The Dow Chemical Company
oPlatinum Sponsors: BASF Corporation, Brenntag North America, Inc., ICL
Performance Products LP, LyondellBasell, PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc.,
Shell Chemical Company
oGold Sponsors: Informex, Monument Chemical, Thames & Kosmos, Univar
oSilver Sponsors: Horn, MeadWestvaco Corporation, National Association of
oBronze Sponsors: Coast Southwest, Inc., Parchem, PQ Corporation, Turning
About the CEF:
Founded in 1989, CEF works closely with industry to enhance science education
opportunities for our youth.
SOURCE Chemical Educational Foundation
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