Student tries for chemistry olympiad

Published 4:30 pm Monday, April 23, 2012

Isabella student Heather Posey prepares to take the American Chemical Society's national exam April 21.

Isabella High junior Heather Posey joined other high school chemistry students at UAB on April 21 to take a national exam for a chance to compete on an international level.

The American Chemical Society conducted the exam that may qualify students to become members of the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad team.

The U.S. team will compete in the 44th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Washington, D.C. July 19-30.

“Every year, I offer it to my top chemistry students,” IHS science teacher Jay LeCroy said, adding that Posey has participated in science competitions for three years.

Posey is also a member of the Isabella Society of Mad Scientists. This was her first time to take the exam.

“It was kind of overwhelming, but also a great experience,” Posey said. “I’m going to major in chemistry. I will go to work for forensic science.”

More than 1,200 nominees took the national qualifying exam April 19-23.

Of those, 20 students will be selected in May to undergo intensive training June 5-20 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

The top four finalists will represent the U.S. in the IChO competition in Washington, D.C. this summer.