You Be The Chemist Challenge

Ephrata Area School District students in grades 5 – 8 recently participated in the Lancaster County You Be The Chemist competition, an interactive question-and-answer challenge developed for students to enhance their science education

After multiple rounds of competition, Ephrata Middle School student Lillian Sharpe was named the third place winner.  Lillian is an eight-grader and will be participating in the state level of competition at Penn State University on April 27.  Seventh-grader Nathan Buehler finished in fourth place and is an alternate for the state competition.

Ephrata Intermediate School participants: Breelyn Beyer, Drew DiCicco, Nadia Drobot, Alex Diegel, Max Herman, Andrew Ingham, Alex Wilson

Ephrata Middle School participants:  Nathan Buehler, Desiree Buitrago, Natalie Newswanger, Nicolas Romaniw, Lillian Sharpe, Sophia Slater

“The You Be the Chemist Challenge gives students the opportunity to explore their chemistry interests outside the classroom.  Our students were strong throughout the challenges, and we are proud of their efforts and accomplishments in the program.  It is exciting to see the program expanding each year, due in part to the volunteer efforts of Brenntag North America,” said Miss Jennifer Trout, Ephrata Middle School teacher and You Be the Chemist Coordinator.

Ephrata Intermediate/Middle School students have been meeting after school to review science topics, including the scientific method, properties of matter, chemical formulas and equations, chemistry in the human body, and much more to prepare.

The You Be the Chemist Challenge was created by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF), a national non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of the value of chemistry.  The program is sponsored locally by Brenntag North America, a chemical distributor in Reading.