Nine Holton-Arms’ students competed in the 28th annual Chemathon at the University of Maryland, College Park on April 28, earning second place overall.
The team competed against 20 others as a Level One team, for students who have not yet taken AP Chemistry or IB Chemistry, and who have no past Chemathon experience.
The Holton team members, all 10h-graders, were Jennifer Guo, Nyrah Humayun, Madeleine Hyde, Tess Iannarone, Kayla Moffett, Beverly Sihsobhon, Maya Sorini, Noori Srivastava and Zainab Wurie. They were led by coach and chemistry teacher Xu Duan.
The Chemathon competition is organized by high school chemistry teachers and chemists, and is hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Teams from Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville; Poolesville High School; Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville and Winston Churchill High School in Potomac also patriciated in the Level I competition for students who have not taken and are not currently taking AP Chemistry or IB Chemistry, and have not previously participated in Chemathon.
“I really enjoyed the scientific aspect of the competition because I have always found the world around me a fascinating place, and I think that science decodes that for us,” Maya wrote in an email.