The entire process began with a screening test. Accordingly, around 200 high school students from the North Jersey section were nominated by their teachers and given a 1st level screening test at FDU Florham in mid March.
From these, a dozen or students were qualified to go on to the 2nd level, the Advanced Test.
Below are the nine North Jersey ACS students who competed in the Advanced Test for 2009.
The picture was taken at Fairleigh Dickinson University during the five hour exam. Twenty students from the ACS sections across the country attended a two week study camp at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. From there, four competed in the International Chemistry Olympiad.
Two of the North Jersey students placed in the top 20 nationally for the 2009 Chemistry Olympiad and went on to the Air Force Academy training camp in June. They are:
- Yixiao Wang, Westfield HS (teachers: Martha Bailey & Louis Casagrande), and
- Utsarga Sikder, So. Brunswick HS (teacher: Theresa Farinella)
This makes seven consecutive years that the North Jersey Section had placed at least one student in the top 20, and we have placed 2 in each of the last 5 years. Congratulations to students and teachers!Subsequently, Yixiao Wang, who also placed in the top 20 the previous year, was selected as one of the four members of the U.S. Team to compete in the 2009 International Chemistry Olympiad in Cambridge, UK, in July. He won a gold medal for the U.S. at the Olympiad!