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Chemistry Olympiad: Asia Dominates And U.S. Wins One Gold And Three Silver Medals

by Linda Wang
July 30, 2015 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 93, ISSUE 31

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Credit: Kelli Slunt
Cai (from left), Ong, Wang, and Boominathan show off their medals. Ong holds their team’s falcon mascot.
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Credit: Kelli Slunt
Cai (from left), Ong, Wang, and Boominathan show off their medals. Ong holds their team’s falcon mascot.

China emerged as the top-performing team during the 47th International Chemistry Olympiad last month, winning the four highest-ranked gold medals; South Korea and Taiwan also won four gold medals. The high school chemistry competition, in which teams of four students represent each country, took place on July 20–29 in Baku, ­Azerbaijan.

The U.S. team, which is sponsored by ACS, put on a strong performance, winning one gold and three silver medals. “We’re extremely thrilled that we took away four medals,” says head mentor Kelli Slunt, a chemistry professor at the University of Mary Washington.

David Wang of Monta Vista High School, in Cupertino, Calif., won the seventh-highest-ranking gold medal as well as the highest score in the lab practical portion of the competition. Team members Soorajnath Boominathan of Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics, in Oklahoma City; Bryce Cai of Barrington High School, in Illinois; and Janice Ong of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, in Alexandria, Va., each earned a silver medal.

“I’ve been studying for this competition for so many years now, and it’s so great to see that all of the years of hard work and sacrifices culminated in this one event,” Wang says.

This year, 290 students from 75 countries participated in the competition, which awarded 35 gold, 62 silver, and 92 bronze medals. The 48th International Chemistry Olympiad will be held in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2016.

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Comments
Adam Grobin (August 2, 2015 11:10 PM)
Congratulations to our chemists!
Jon S. (August 5, 2015 2:01 PM)
Congrats to all young chemists around the world!
Robert Buntrock (August 7, 2015 5:04 PM)
Congratulations to all, including all participants in the US Chemistry Olympiad program and their teachers.
Nur Asikin (October 14, 2015 1:22 AM)
KUDOS. The US team is also represented by Asia(n) :-)

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