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Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Bishop Hendricken wins chemistry competition at URI

KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 30, 2002 -- Students from Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick know the formula for success. The school’s two teams each placed first in the University of Rhode Island’s 70th annual Rhode Island High School Chemistry Contest held earlier this month.

The contest was attended by nearly 500 students from more than 20 different high schools around the state. The competition consists of a one-hour, 45 question, multiple-choice exam. Students are placed into two divisions: Division I students have had less than one year of high school chemistry and Division II students have had more than one full year of high school chemistry. Prizes are awarded to the top team and top three individuals in each division.

There was a three-way tie for first place among Annie-Jill Massart (Classical), Nicholas Mandler (Portsmouth), and James Long (Bishop Hendricken) in Division I. The Division II individual winner was Brian Cole of Bishop Hendricken.

Chemistry Professor Joseph Waite Ince established the contest in 1933. In 1997, the University of Rhode Island began awarding a full, four-year scholarship based in part on the results from this competition. The 30 highest-scoring high school juniors in this year’s competition are invited to a second exam. The student receiving the highest score will be offered the scholarship.

URI’s Chemistry Department invites all high schools throughout the state to participate in the contest and encourages teachers to send copies of their curricula to the department to aid in the development of contest tests.

For Information: Jan Wenzel, 874-2116, Nicole Duguay, 874-2116

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