Eight students from the Honors Physics, Honors Chemistry, AP Biology and Psychology classes recently attended the National Chemistry Olympiad, which is run through the American Chemical Society. Faculty members, Nick Lauzon and Kay Harnish took the students to the event at Quinnipiac University. "The Olympiad is divided into the local exam, the national exam, the study camp and the international exam," said Mr. Lauzon. "Our students took the local exam. We will get our results in a couple of weeks. The ten best students in New Haven County will be sent to the national exam."
According to their official website, The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad is a multi-tiered competition designed to stimulate and promote achievement in high school chemistry. The Chemistry Olympiad program aims to:
- Stimulate young people to achieve excellence in chemistry
- Recognize outstanding chemistry students and, in doing so, encourage additional learning at a formative time in their intellectual development
- Recognize the excellent achievement of teachers and the importance of the school environment
- Provide contact between ACS local sections and area schools, and foster interest among professional chemists in teaching chemistry
- Challenge the chemical knowledge and skills of young students in an international arena
- Foster cross-cultural experiences and acquaint students with similarities and differences between themselves and their counterparts from other nations