Lower Merion High School juniors Michael Cheng and Robbie Zorc recently qualified to participate in the American Chemical Society's National Chemistry Olympiad, which will be held on April 22 at LaSalle University.
Cheng and Zorc advanced to the National round of competition based on their exceptional performance on the Regional Qualifying Exam – a challenging two-hour, college level multiple choice test covering an array of chemistry-related topics.
The top 20 students across the United States will be invited for intensive training at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and of those top 20, four will advance to participate in the 49th annual International Chemistry Olympiad in Nakhom Pathon, Thailand from July 6-15.
The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) program is a chemistry competition for high school students. The purpose of the competition is to stimulate young people to achieve excellence in chemistry. The American Chemical Society has sponsored the program since 1984.