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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.

All area high school students were invited to take an examination. The ten highest scoring applicants and the highest scorers at each High School are then invited to write essays, which form the basis of the final judging. The top ten finalists, although only two from each school, are also invited to take the Chemistry Olympiad Exam. In addition, teachers of the prizewinners receive $50 awards, and the top scoring student from each high school is awarded a plaque. Grading was performed separately for those students who have only taken one year of chemistry. Students from this group who were the highest scorers in their High School will also receive a plaque. The top three essayists are awarded first, second, and third prizes of $1000, $750, and $500, respectively.

This year’s Patterson Scholars, their High Schools (and their teachers) are:

List of Patterson Scholars, Their Schools, and Teachers
Name School Teacher
Kevin Yin Centerville High School Julie Summers
Shriya Rangaswamy* Centerville High School Julie Summers
Nobel Zhou* Sidney High School Ebenezer Blay
Tiffany Huang* Beavercreek High School Tejinder Rattan
Kyle Lethanderr* Oakwood High School Tony Rainsburger
Anna Yang Beavercreek High School Tejinder Rattan
David Cai* Oakwood High School Tony Rainsburger
Mitchell Bonnano* Alter High School Heidi Cuticchia
Sam Henne* Northmont High School  
Grant Spangler*(1) Anna High School Vicki Quinter
William Zhang* Centerville High School Julie Summers
Josph Ritze* Lehman Catholic High School Ginny Scherer
Jerrick Liu Centerville High School Julie Summers
Luke Lunday Beavercreek High School Kristine McDaniel
Nikhil Vijai Centerville High School Julie Summers

Students marked with * qualified to participate in the US National Chemistry Olympiad National Examination; students marked with (1) are first year chemistry students.

Award Ceremony

The award ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 22nd, 2019 at Room 150, Science Center, University of Dayton (campus map)

  • 5:30 - 6:15: Social (food and drink provided)
  • 6:15 - 6:30: Keynote: Dr. Melinda Greer (Dayton Section Volunteer of the Year)
  • 6:30 - 7:00: Award Ceremony

For more details regarding the Patterson High School Chemistry Competition or the Chemistry Olympiad, please contact Dr. Weijie Lu, our Olympiad Coordinator.