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You Be The Chemist Challenge

students advancing to state

Twenty-three Ankeny students qualified for the You Be the

Chemist state competition at Iowa State University on April 7.

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ANKENY, Iowa (March 5, 2018) - Sixty Ankeny students participated in the You Be The Chemist local challenge at Prairie Ridge Middle School on Saturday, March 3.  Twenty-three students qualified for the state competition at Iowa State University on April 7.  The top-ranking particpant from the state competition will advance to the national competition in June to compete against top individuals from each state. 


The You Be The Chemist Challenge is an interactive, academic contest focusing on chemistry concepts and real-world applications for students in fifth through eighth grade. The challenge gives schools, educators and community partners the opportunity to show their support for STEM education.


Fifth Grade Particpants:

Aaron Gorden (Northeast)

Audrey Freese (Crocker)

Ava Leinen (East)

Kyson Bauman  (Ashland Ridge)


Prairie Ridge Participants:

Kyle Melcher

Xander Wood

Sophi Ryan

Duy Duong


Parkview Participants:

Julia Noble

Samuel Zea

Elizabeth Clark

Hannah Pross

Aiden Orth


Northview Participants:

Thomas Brustkern

Cooper Delemus

Eric Hou

Eli Peterson

Noah Segar

Alysa Zhou


Southview Particpants:

Clara Freese

Camden Senneff

Logan Weathers

Hunter Yeatts