Challenge yields winners in You Be The Chemist

Brady Lagendyk from Lamar School was selected as the local challenge champion in the You Be The Chemist Challenge® held at Meridian Community College Friday.

The You Be The Chemist Challenge® is an interactive academic contest that encourages students in grades 5-8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for a variety of individuals and organizations—including schools, members of the chemical industry, educators, and other community partners—to come together and show their support for STEM education.

After several rounds of questions, Lagendyk emerged as the winner of this event. Other winners were Mason Bradley, 12, and Jonathan Shelton, 14, both from Union. Friday’s event marked the third time Shelton had competed and was named a finalist.

This marked the fourth year for MCC’s Division of Science and Wellness to host this competition. Judges included MCC alumni Jaricus Whitlock, a chemical engineer, and Darrell Thompson, a polymer chemist.

The Meridian Challenge was done in a quiz-bowl format with several rounds of multiple-choice questions. A wide variety of science questions was displayed on a screen for the students to answer from their tables. They used an electronic remote device to answer the timed questions.

Forty-two students competed in this local event. The state’s You Be the Challenge competition is April 12 and will also be held on the MCC campus. The winners from that event will travel to Washington D.C., to compete in the National Challenge in June.

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