LBMS student qualifies for state chemistry challenge

Mantas Viazmitinas will compete in a state-level chemistry competition on April 29.

Lee Burneson Middle School seventh-grade student Mantas Viazmitinas is advancing to the state "You Be The Chemist" Challenge.

You Be the Chemist is an interactive academic contest sponsored by the Chemical Education Foundation that encourages students in grades 5-8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications.

All seventh- and eighth-grade science students participated in a timed interactive question and answer contest in January. The top nine students from LBMS advanced to the regional contest at the Great Lakes Science Center in March and were among the 28 students participating from eight Greater Cleveland area schools.

Mantas placed fourth at the regional contest, qualifying him for the state contest in Toledo on April 29. The top state qualifiers will advance to the national challenge.

Westlake resident and alum Brendan Michel, a market intelligence analyst with Palmer Holland Inc., a specialty chemical distributor in North Olmsted, provided access and study materials, as well as registration fees, as an industry sponsor of the challenge.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:50 AM, 04.18.2017