And the Winner Is…

Ananthan Sadagopan of Massachusetts Wins 

2017 National You Be The Chemist Challenge®

13-year-old 8th-grader Ananthan Sadagopan from Westborough, Massachusetts, won the title of National You Be The Chemist Challenge® Champion by correctly answering science and chemistry-related questions throughout a grueling day-long 11 rounds of academic competition. It was his third time competing in the National Challenge.

At the event, Miss USA Kára McCullough, who is from the District of Columbia and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Radiochemistry, shared why chemistry is her passion and awarded the Challenge Champion as well as the second, third and fourth place finishers of You Be The Chemist Challenge®. Kára is a scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and an advocate for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

The top four participants are:

Challenge Champion
Ananthan Sadagopan, 8th Grade
Westborough, MA
Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School
“Participating in the Challenge sparked my interest in science. In 6th grade when I qualified for the National Challenge, it made me take science more seriously. It also made me realize the numerous opportunities in the field.”

2nd Place Participant
Nikhil Seshadri, 8th Grade
San Diego, CA
Standley Middle School

3rd Place Participant
Ameya Belamkar, 8th Grade
Carmel, IN
Creekside Middle School

4th Place Participant
Jonathan Gunasekaran, 7th Grade
Ruston, LA
Ruston Junior High School

Meet all 2017 National Challenge Participants!

 

Prizes

All National Challenge Participants will receive a Thames and Kosmos Nanotechnology Kit, various giveaways, and a participation medal. The top four placing Participants will receive the following:

  • National Challenge Champion
    • $12,000 Educational Scholarship (Intended for future higher education expenses)
    • TI-84 Plus Calculator
    • Trophy
  • 2nd Place Participant
    • $6,000 Educational Scholarship (Intended for future higher education expenses)
    • TI-84 Plus Calculator
    • Trophy
  • 3rd Place Participant
    • $3,000 Educational Scholarship (Intended for future higher education expenses)
    • TI-84 Plus Calculator
    • Trophy
  • 4th Place Participant
    • $1,500 Educational Scholarship (Intended for future higher education expenses)
    • TI-84 Plus Calculator
    • Trophy

Meet all 2017 National Challenge Participants!

Sponsorship

Thank you to our 2017 National You Be The Chemist Challenge® sponsors. View all sponsors here. If you are interested in supporting the event, please contact Suzette Bucher, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, at sbucher@chemed.org.

Read about previous National Challenges