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Hubbard-Hall Sponsors State Chemistry Challenge

Waterbury, CT – On Saturday May 7th – Ten students from the greater Waterbury area gathered at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford to compete for the state Champion title in the You Be The Chemist Challenge, hosted by Hubbard-Hall Inc. You Be The Chemist is an educational and fun academic competition for 5-8th grade students in the field of chemistry, designed by the Chemical Education Foundation. Eighteen states participate in this national program, which progresses through three levels: local, state and national.

The Connecticut challenge marked the end of the program’s third year in the Waterbury area, which starts in the fall of the school year. Seven Waterbury area schools signed up for the 2011 program: City Hill (Naugatuck), Newtown, Memorial (Middlebury), Rochambeau (Southbury), Thomaston, Great Oak (Oxford), and Wallace (Waterbury). Approximately 200 students from these schools participated through qualifying exams and regional challenges held earlier this year. With support from their families and teachers, the students studied diligently for weeks to prepare. The top 10 scoring participants from those local challenges advanced to the state challenge.

This year’s champion, Maggie Palys, is an eighth grade student in Oxford. She has been involved since 2010 through the enrichment program at Great Oak Middle School with the help of teacher Susan Purcella Gibbons. The philosophy of the enrichment program is to nurture students’ strengths, interests and abilities while promoting critical thinking and evaluation skills. Maggie will represent Connecticut in the National You Be The Chemist Challenge where the top students from around the country will compete. The participants in the National competition receive an all expense paid trip to Philadelphia from the Chemical Education Foundation and have a chance to win several prizes.

The Connecticut You Be The Chemist Challenge was sponsored by Hubbard-Hall Inc. in Waterbury CT in partnership with Charkit Chemical Corp. For more information on this challenge please contact Michelle at Hubbard-Hall mlineweber@hubbardhall.com