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Chemistry Students Honored

The Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society offers the Oesper Test, a competitive test to first-year high school chemistry students. It is named in honor of Dr. Ralph E. Oesper who had a distinguished career at the University of Cincinnati. Two sophomores in honors chemistry who sat for the exam were recognized for placing in the top 25% out of 139 students (16 schools/25 teachers)—Jonathan Gai and Andrew Yang. Two AP Chemistry students sat for the 2019 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) qualifying exam. Juniors Alex Grass and Kevin Wang both placed in the top 25% of the 114 students who sat for the exam. Kevin Wang was one of the top 11 students, and competed in the National Exam on April 25, at Miami University Middletown. Only 1,000 students nationwide qualify to take this rigorous all-day exam, which includes testing as well as laboratory work. Kevin and his teacher, Jennifer Torline, were honored at the Cincinnati Section annual Student/Teacher Awards night in late April, at Northern Kentucky University. A major focus of the U.S. organizing agency, the American Chemical Society (ACS), is to stimulate interest and achievement in chemistry among young people throughout the United States.