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Port Lavaca students head to state chemistry competition

March 31, 2017 at 11:21 p.m.
Updated April 1, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Robert Sanchez talks to students about dual credit at an event held on March 22.

Robert Sanchez talks to students about dual credit at an event held on March 22.

Five students from Travis Middle School took the top accolades at the local "You Be the Chemist Challenge" last month.

Jessica Zhang, an eighth-grader at Travis Middle School, bested 28 fifth- to eighth-grade students to become the Victoria "You Be The Chemist Challenge" champion.

Developed by the Chemical Educational Foundation in 2004, the challenge is an exciting question-and-answer competition that motivates fifth- to eighth-grade students to sharpen their knowledge of chemistry concepts and their real-world applications, according to a news release.

The 2017 Victoria challenge was at Victoria College and was sponsored by Dow Chemical.

Jessica will advance to the state challenge in Houston on April 29. The following top-placing students have also earned a chance to compete at the state level: Kelly Xu, Anne Liu, Jeffrey Liu and Caleb Huang. Each received a certificate and prize March 22.

"We are so impressed with the wealth of science knowledge participants displayed," said Gabriella Cone, community relations manager for Dow Seadrift Operations. "Participation in events like (the chemical education foundation's) challenge inspires future leaders to become part of the exciting, innovative science industry."

The winner of the state competition will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete against students across the nation on June 19.

That student could win $18,500 in college scholarships.

For more information about the "You Be The Chemist Challenge," go to chemed.org.


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