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Marcellus freshman earns top scores on regional, national chemistry exam

May 6, 2016 -- Of the 65 students who took the recent United States National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) regional exam in March, Marcellus High School freshman Jeffrey Shi earned the highest score and went on to achieve one of the top 20 scores on the national exam in April.
“On behalf of the Central New York Section of the American Chemical Society, I would like to congratulate you on your excellent performance on the recent USNCO Chemistry Olympiad regional exam,” USNCO Coordinator Jordan Brinkley writes in a letter. “Your score, 56 out 60, was the highest in the Central New York Section.”
Jeffrey’s high score on the regional exam qualified him to be among the 1,000 students to sit for the three-part national exam last month. His exemplary performance on the national test earned him an invitation to the 2016 Study Camp at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia this summer. Of those who attend the camp, a team will be selected to compete in the International Chemistry Olympiad later in the summer.

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad is a multi-tiered competition designed to stimulate and promote achievement in high school chemistry. The goals of Chemistry Olympiad are to excite young people to achieve excellence in chemistry, recognize outstanding chemistry students and their teachers, challenge the chemical knowledge and skills of young people in an international arena, and foster cross-cultural experiences between students with similar interests. The competition is sponsored by the American Chemical Society.
Every year, about 16,000 students take local Chemistry Olympia Exam. About 1,000 students are selected for the National Chemistry Olympiad Exam. The top 150 and 50 scores in the national exam are awarded honors and high honors, respectively. The top 20 scoring students from the National Exam spend two weeks at a study camp to undergo rigorous training. Based on their performance, four students are chosen to represent the U.S. at the International Chemistry Olympiad.

Way to go, Jeffrey!


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