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Bartlesville Chemistry Students Compete in National Chemistry Olympiad

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on August 17, 2015 at 11:05 PM

Four Bartlesville Chemistry Students qualified to participate in the 2015 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Competition because of their excellent marks in the local competition. Congratulations to Alex Platon Jr. and Kaycee Shaper from Bartlesville High School in Chris Ruhl's Chem II class, and to Palak Sharma and Clayton McFarland from Bartlesville Mid-High in Gary Layman's Chem I class.  Only two students per school may be nominated to take the national exam.  These four Bartlesville Chemistry students are among only about 1000 students nationwide who competed on the national level in 2015.  

(L to R) Keith Lawson, Palak Sharma, Chris Ruhl, Kaycee Schaper, Alex Platon Jr., Clayton McFarland.  

Dr. Keith Lawson, NOK member and chemist at Phillips Research Center, coordinates and leads Monday night training sessions for those students who are interested in taking the Chemistry Olympiad challenge.  Training sessions continue for about two months prior to the local exam, and extend to the national exam.  The National Exam is a 3-part 4-hour and 45-minute exam with multiple choice, problem solving, and lab practical components.  The National Exam is usually held in mid- to late-April of each year.  

Thanks to the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise for helping to recognize these students' achievement.  

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