Ten-Year-Old Wins National Chemistry Competition

Daniel Liu, a 10-year-old seventh-grader at Ottawa Hills Junior High School in Ottawa Hills, Ohio, won the title of 2015 National You Be The Chemist Challenge® Champion on June 22 at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. He is the youngest student to ever win the competition, which is open to students in the fifth through eighth grades.

The You Be The Chemist Challenge®, created by the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF), is a quiz-bowl-style academic competition that aims to engage middle school students in learning important chemistry concepts and their real-world applications.

The 2015 National Challenge participants battled through eleven rounds of chemistry questions before a national champion was crowned. Aum Upadhyay, an eighth-grader representing Washington, Raghav Ramanujam, a sixth-grader representing California, and Rafay Ashary, an eighth-grader representing Texas, placed second, third and fourth, respectively. The top four placing students received academic scholarships totaling $18,500 and TI-84+ graphing calculators, while all participants took home medals, Thames & Kosmos CHEM3000 chemistry kits, and gift certificates to the Discovery Channel Store.

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