Atlanta student heads to Washington for chemistry competition

School may be out for the summer, but one Atlanta student is still hitting the books for a chance to win a $12,000 scholarship in a national chemistry contest.

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Matthew Propp from The Westminister Schools is one of 42 middle schoolers, selected by the Chemical Educational Foundaton, who will be heading to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 2017 You Be The Chemist Challenge. He was selected from a pool of 55,000 middle school students across 40 states, the nation’s capital and Puerto Rico.

“These 42 students are evidence of what young people can achieve when they are inspired by chemistry. They are our future leaders and innovators. We look forward to hosting them in our nation’s capital and celebrating their accomplishments,” CEF Executive Director Dwayne Sattler said.

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The YBTC Challenge, an academic competition that encourages pupils to learn about the importance of chemistry, will host its final showdown this month in DC. There, scholars will battle through rounds of chemistry questions until someone is crowned the Nation Challenge Champion.

The winner will receive a $12,000 educational scholarship and a TI-84 Plus calculator, 2nd place will receive a $6,000 scholarship, 3rd place a $3,000 scholarship and 4th place a $1,500 scholarship.

Check out the full list of finalists here.