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Dayton Section

High School Awards

The Dayton Section celebrates top-flight work by chemistry students at the high school level through a number of awards that are given. Currently, we have two related competitions:

US National Chemistry Olympiad Local Competition and Patterson High School Chemistry Award

Originally established by Charles A. Thomas and Caroll A. Hochwalt, former Dayton chemists and Monsanto researchers, the top chemistry students in the area have been recognized under the auspices of the Dayton Section since 1943. In 1990, the family of the late Austin M. Patterson, also a prominent Dayton chemist, assumed sponsorship.

This is a two-step process:

This year, the preliminary examination will be held in three locations. The examination takes about one hour to complete.

  • March 9, 2018 (F) at 4:00 pm: Centerville High School, 500 E Franklin St, Dayton, OH (Google Map), and Anna High School, 1 McRill Way, Anna, OH (Google Map).
  • March 10, 2018 (Saturday) at 1:00 - 4:00 pm: Central State University Dayton Campus, 840 Germantown St, Dayton, OH (Google Map).

Note that on Saturday at the CSU Dayton Campus you may arrive at any time between 1pm and 4pm, provided you complete the exam by 4pm. It is your responsibility to arrive in time to complete the exam before 4pm.

There is no cost to participate at the preliminary examination. No registration is required.

Based on the results of this examination:

  1. The top scoring student from each high school (from each of CHEM 1 and CHEM 2, where applicable) are each awarded a plaque.
  2. The top scoring students (overall, and from each school) in the written examination are invited to enter an essay-writing competition. Based on this, monetary awards and plaques will be awarded to the top three entrants. In addition, those three students' chemistry teachers will be given a small monetary reward as well. Students in Chemistry I and II will be considered separately for this competition.
  3. The top ten students (with no more than two from each high school) will be nominated to participate in the National Chemistry Olympiad.

The following students have been selected to submit essays for the second part of the competition. Those marked with * are also nominated to participate in the National Chemistry Olympiad.

Student Name High School Teacher Name
Jake Kovacs* Anna High School Quinter
Sierra Williams Anna High School Quinter
Grace Bradley* Archbishop Alter High School Cuticchia
William Chan* Beavercreek High School Rattan
Tiffany Huang* Beavercreek High School Rattan
Anna Yang Beavercreek High School Rattan
Joseph Yinser Beavercreek High School McDaniel
Noor Ali Centerville High School Summers
Camille Butkus Centerville High School Summers
Ellen Cheng Centerville High School Hess
Ramzi Elased Centerville High School Summers
John Press Centerville High School Buddendeck
Shriya Rangaswamy* Centerville High School Buddendeck
Benjamin Thomas Centerville High School Buddendeck
Samith Venkatesh Centerville High School Summers
Kevin Yin* Centerville High School Summers
William Zhang Centerville High School Summers
Elizabeth Cordonnier Kettering Fairmont High School Lewis
Jordan Finch* Kettering Fairmont High School Lewis
Ethan Knapp* Miamisburg High School Kludt
Charlie Almoney* Oakwood High School Rainsberger
Albert Choi Oakwood High School Rainsberger
Stella Joly* Oakwood High School Rainsberger
Buckley O'Day Oakwood High School Rainsberger
Dillon Hiller Freund Springfield High School Moore



We will be celebrating their achievements and announcing the winner of the essay competition at a ceremony as follows:

Date: May 15th, 2018 (Tuesday)
Location: Room 221, Eugene F. Kettering Engineering and Research Labs, University of Dayton (map)
Time: 5:30 - 7:15 pm

  • 5:30 - 6:15 pm - Social
  • 6:15 - 6:30 pm - Awards
  • 6:30 - 7:15 pm - Keynote

Dr. Wayne Cook, previous section chair and retired Ink Development Chemist at Eastman Kodak, will be delivering the keynote speech at this event.

For more details regarding the Patterson High School Chemistry Competition or the Chemistry Olympiad, please contact Dr. Jenny Iskrenova-Ekiert, our Olympiad Coordinator.