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Local Students Compete in Connecticut State Chemistry Challenge

Waterbury, CT – On Saturday April 27th – Ten students from Middlebury and Southbury competed in the You Be The Chemist® Challenge at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury.

Henry Hu, and eighth grade student at Rochambeau Middle School, was declared state champion for the second year in a row. The first runner-up, Eric Gao, and second runner up Justin Callanan, are also students at Rochambeau Middle School.

You Be The Chemist is an educational and fun academic competition for 5-8th grade students in chemistry designed by the Chemical Educational Foundation. Connecticut is one of 26 states participating in the Challenge in 2013. Approximately 75 students from Middlebury, Naugatuck, Newtown and Southbury 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 scoring participants from those local challenges advanced to the state challenge.

Henry will represent Connecticut at the You Be The Chemist National Challenge Competition scheduled for June 24th in Philadelphia. The participants in the National competition receive an expenses paid trip to Philadelphia from the Chemical Educational Foundation.

For more information on this challenge please contact Michelle at Hubbard-Hall at

The Connecticut You Be The Chemist Challenge was sponsored and hosted by Hubbard-Hall Inc. in partnership with Charkit Chemical Corp, U.S. Chemicals, LLC and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Hubbard-Hall Inc, a privately owned company headquartered in Waterbury CT, has served the chemical industry and community since 1849.

Prizes were awarded to all participants and the top scorers, which included: trophies, medals, passes to the Discovery Museum, tickets to the Bridgeport Bluefish and a Samsung Tablet. A $200 prize will also be awarded to Rochambeau, the school of the state champion.