Hendricken students dominate URIís Chemistry Day contest
KINGSTON, R.I.óJune 2, 2009 -- Students from Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick took home three of the four first-place trophies during Chemistry Day at the University of Rhode Island on May 19. Han Xu, a student at East Greenwich High School, won first place in individual competition for Division 1, thereby preventing a shut out.
The contest has continuously been offered to Rhode Island high school students since 1921. More than 470 students from 15 high schools competed in this yearís program.
The competition consists of a 45-question, multiple-choice exam, which must be completed in an hour. Prizes are awarded to the top team and top three individuals in each of two divisions. Division 1 is made up of students with less than one full year of high school chemistry and Division 2 includes students with more than one year of high school chemistry.
The team competition was held in URIís Edwards Auditorium. Students who wished to take the test as individual competitors did so in URIís Chafee Social Science Center.
Team members from Hendricken competing in Division 1 were Nick Chrones, Shreyyas Vanarese, Ben Caesar, Tom Whittaker, Ryan Meehan, Zach Padula, Mark Rotondo, and Cam Rinn. Hendricken team members competing in Division 2 were Philip Berard, Ryan Trottier, Michael Desmarais, Prasanth Somasundar, Brandon Maziuk, Conrad Kaczmarek, and Steven Morgan. Hendrickenís Trottier took home the top individual prize in Division 2.
Pictured above Division 1
Bishop Hendricken High School students (front row l-r) Nick Chrones, Shreyyas Vanarese, and Ben Caesar and (back row) Tom Whittaker, Ryan Meehan, Zach Padula, Mark Rotondo, and Cam Rinn won first place in Division 1 during the University of Rhode Islandís annual Chemistry Day. URI photo by Michael Salerno.
Pictured above Division 2
Bishop Hendricken High School team members (front row l-r) Philip Berard, Ryan Trottier, Michael Desmarais, Prasanth Somasundar and (back row l-r) Brandon Maziuk, Conrad Kaczmarek, and Steven Morgan took first place in Division 1 during the University of Rhode Islandís annual Chemistry Day. URI photo by Michael Salerno.