Hally Middle School Student Wins You Be The Chemist Challenge

Detroit, Michigan March 23, 2009- 81 Students from across the Detroit Public Schools proved that they are “chemists in the making” as they participated in a competition that tests their knowledge in chemistry concepts, discoveries, and chemical safety awareness tips. Despite reports of below level achievement of Detroit Public School students, these students, teachers, and parents proved that there are great things going on in Detroit Public Schools. Over 300 people were involved in this event hosted by Next Energy located at 461 E, Burroughs in Detroit.
The academic competition created by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) is a question and answer event that is open to fifth through eighth graders nationwide.
PVS Chemicals, Inc., the Detroit based company owned and operated by James B. Nicholson, sponsored and operated a local competition in Michigan that resulted in 3 contestants qualifying to compete in the State Challenge to be held at Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan May 2, 2009. Sponsorship of this event in Michigan is part of the community outreach programs that Mr. Nicholson feels is very important in the operation of his companies. In the 2008-2009 school year PVS-Nolwood Chemicals has sponsored competitions in Detroit Public Schools, Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, and the Arch Diocese of Detroit schools. It is estimated that PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc. reached a minimum of 10,000 students through involvement in the sponsorship of this program this school year.

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Antashe Howard, an 8th grade student from Hally Magnet Middle School, last year’s 2nd place winner was crowned DPS You Be The Chemist Champion this year. Other winners were Zhane Hibbit, a 7th grade student from Bethune Academy, placing 2nd and Yaw-Wiafe Akenten from A.L. Holmes Middle School placed third. All of these students qualified to compete in the State You Be The Chemist Challenge to be held at Dow Chemical in Midland on May 2, 2009. Roy Soto, a 7th grade student from Phoenix Academy placed 4th and will be the alternate for the State Challenge.
All contestants at the State Challenge will be competing for a free trip for themselves and a parent to compete in the You Be The Chemist National Challenge to be held in Philadelphia on June 19th, 2009. At the National Challenge first, second, and third place winners receive educational savings bonds of $5,000, $2500, and $1,000 respectively. All contestants to make it to the National Challenge receive gift certificates to the Discovery Channel Store, CHEMC1000 Chemistry Kits, and fun YBTCC apparel. While in Philadelphia the students also visited the Franklin Institute of Science.
Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Chemical Educational Foundation is dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of the science of chemistry, the benefits of chemicals, and the importance of chemical safety awareness.


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Congratulations to our DPS Junior Division Grand Award Winners
DPS won 5 of the 10 awards

Natisha Byars
Project: How Does Reinforcement Affect Concrete?
Category: Engineering
Grade: 8
School: Brenda M. Scott Middle School
Teacher: Denise Hafner

Kayla Dempster
Project: Hot or Not?
Category: Physics
Grade: 7
School: St. Michael Elementary – Livonia
Teacher: Kate Harding

Hilicia Epps
Project: Battle of Salt in Pickle Juice
Category: Chemistry
Grade: 6
School: William Howard Taft Middle School
Teacher: Rosemary Amene

Jena Holden
Project: Solar Ovens are Hot!
Category: Environmental Science
Grade: 6
School: Our Lady of Good Counsel Elementary
Teacher: Mary Beth Nicholas

Rishi Patel
Project: Vitamin C Stability in Fruits and Vegetables
Category: Biochemistry
Grade: 7
School: Detroit Country Day Middle
Teacher: Linda Engler

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Karmen Rucker
Project: Classroom Pet or Pathogen Part II
Category: Microbiology
Grade: 7
School: Hally Magnet
Teacher: Sheryl C Rucker

Rajiea Sultana
Project: Rx: Prescription vs. Holistic?
Category: Medicine and Health
Grade: 8
School: Spain Middle School
Teacher: Colette Roundtree

Camren Watson
Project: Does Temperature Affect the Strength of a Magnet?
Category: Earth and Space Science
Grade: 8
School: Marquette Elementary
Teacher: Cathy Wilkins

Paul Fortin with Connor Maks and Enzo Recchia
Project: Taste vs. Smell: What One is More Accurate When Determining Similar Foods?
Category: Team
Grade: 8
School: University of Detroit Jesuit Academy
Teacher: Wesley Hardin


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