US students win medals from International Chemistry Olympiad

US students win medals from International Chemistry Olympiad

10:32 AM, 23rd July 2011
US students win medals from International Chemistry Olympiad
(Left to Right) Tayyab Shah, Elmer Tan, Joe Tung, Konstantin Borisov.

WASHINGTON, US: Two gold medals and two silver medals - the US team competed against 269 students from 69 countries in the 43rd International Chemistry Olympiad, said the American Chemical Society (ACS). The international competition was held July 9-18 in Ankara, Turkey. In addition to the medals, team member Joe Tung of Cerritos, Calif, was selected to deliver a speech to his peers during the opening ceremony.

The four students were selected from an original pool of more than 12,000 high school chemistry students. The final four emerged after a two-week training camp held for the 20 student finalists in mid-June at the US Air Force Academy. ACS, the world’s largest scientific society, sponsors the US team along with additional support from other partners.

Joe Tung, Calif, Gretchen Whitney High School won a gold medal and placed 24th overall in the competition. Konstantin Borisov, Pa, North Allegheny High School, won a gold medal at the Olympiad and was 9th in the total ranking. Tayyab Shah, NY, Vestal High School, brought home a silver medal and placed 80th among the 273 participants. Lastly, Elmer Tan, NJ, John P Stevens High School, also won a silver medal and placed 48th in the total ranking.

“ACS is especially proud of the 2011 US Chemistry Olympiad team. They successfully competed in graduate-level science with the best and the brightest of their peers from around the world. In this International Year of Chemistry, the Olympiad is even more meaningful as we celebrate the importance of chemistry in solving global problems,” said Nancy B. Jackson, Ph.D, President, ACS.

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