Two Sycamore High School students are taking the US National Chemistry Olympiad exam on April 19. Aaron and Ben Charnay, who are brothers, will participate in the chemistry competition at Miami University.
Only 12 second-year high school chemistry students from the Cincinnati chapter of the American Chemical Society can qualify to take this exam, and only 1,000 students from across the country qualified.
The national exam involves three parts. The 20 top-scoring students are chosen to attend a study camp at the University of Mary Washington May 31-June 15. Based on their performance at the camp, four students are then selected to represent the U.S. at the International Chemistry Olympiad.
A line taken from the USNCO examinee agreement form for this year states: "The fact that you are sitting for this test marks you as an outstanding chemistry student."