Westfield Teen Named To U.S. Chemistry Olympiad

Yixiao Wang

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yixiao Wang of Westfield will join three other students from high schools in Georgia, Indiana and New York to represent the United States in the 41st annual International Chemistry Olympiad, the American Chemical Society announced last week.

The international competition will be held July 18-27 in Cambridge, England.

The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, sponsors the U.S. team along with support from other partners. The four members of the travel team and two alternates were chosen after a two-week study and training camp for 20 of the nation’s top chemistry students at the U.S. Air Force Academy. They were selected from more than 11,000 high school students across the country who initially competed for a spot on the U.S. team.

The four team members are: Brian Seifried, Chamblee High School, Dunwoody, Ga.; Nathan Benjamin, W.H. Harrison High School, West Lafayette, Ind.; Yixiao Wang, Westfield High School; and Colin Lu, Vestal High School, Vestal, N.Y.

Two alternates were also named, in case a member of the team is unable to participate. They are Alexander Siegenfeld, Hopkins School, Westport, Conn. (first alternate) and John Rosenberg, Barrington High School, Barrington, Ill. (second alternate).

The U.S. team will go up against teams from more than 65 countries. In past Olympiads, the U.S. team has been a strong competitor at the international event, winning one silver and three bronze medals in 2008.  In 1999 and 2000, the U.S. team won the event’s top gold medal.

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