MANCHESTER – A team of students from East Catholic High School took first place at the 2014 Chemistry Olympiad held on March 20 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
Pictured with chemistry teacher Stella Thonakkaraparayil are winning team members, from left, Alex Fernez, ’15; Zachary Schelhorn, ’14; Alex Hill; ’15; and John Mantese, ’14.
The team took the top honor by achieving the highest score after advancing from a multiple-choice exam to an essay exam and on through 80 minutes in the lab.
The contest, open to students who take Advanced Placement chemistry courses, involved about 200 students this year from throughout the state.
The highest-scoring students from throughout the country will be selected to attend a two-week training camp in Colorado to prepare for the International Chemistry Olympiad in Vietnam in the summer.
The program aims to stimulate interest and achievement in chemistry among high school students throughout the United States and to recognize outstanding young chemistry students, teachers and schools.
Middletown High School’s team won the top honors among first-year competitors, who are scored separately. (Photo submitted)