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Local Student Places Second Runner Up at National Chemistry Challenge

For the second year in a row, a Connecticut student has earned the 2nd runner up spot in the National You Be the Chemist Challenge Competition. On Friday June 18th, eighteen middle school students from across the country gathered at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to compete for the Championship. 

After enduring five qualifying rounds, a quarter-final and semi-final round, Bobby Bickley, a 7th grade student from Middlebury, CT, was awarded 2nd runner up and received several prizes including a $1000 Savings bond, a TI-84 calculator, a gift card to the Discovery store and a chemistry set.

Created and organized in 2003 by the National Association of Chemical Distributor’s Chemical Education Foundation (CEF), The National You Be the Chemist Challenge is designed to educate youth about chemistry. Participation at the event is determined by the results of individual state challenges, which are sponsored by various companies. In the beginning, challenges were held in Illinois, Texas and Kentucky. Since then, 15 more states and over 30 additional companies have joined the program. One student from each state advances to the National competition, with an all expenses paid trip for the student and a chaperone.

The success of the program is due to the students, educators, teachers, parents, the CEF and sponsoring companies like Hubbard-Hall. You Be the Chemist provides a once in a lifetime experience for the participants and their families. As an organizer/sponsor, providing the opportunity for the students is rewarded when you follow them through the process and see firsthand how much they take away.

Hubbard-Hall has been the organizer and a sponsor in Connecticut for two years, in the greater Waterbury area, and will continue to grow within the state. If you would like to get involved as a sponsor or organizer, please email Michelle at