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Irvington MS Students Compete In NYS You Be The Chemist Challenge

Pictured (kneeling) are students Henry Demarest (second from left), Aayushi Jha (fourth from left), and Rishi Madabhushi (third from right). Standing are Zachary Rosman (first on left) and Rishit Gupta (second from right).
Pictured (kneeling) are students Henry Demarest (second from left), Aayushi Jha (fourth from left), and Rishi Madabhushi (third from right). Standing are Zachary Rosman (first on left) and Rishit Gupta (second from right). Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy Irvington School District

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Irvington Middle School students competed in the New York State You Be The Chemist Challenge, sponsored by the international company, BASF, on Saturday, April 25.

The students qualified for the state competition based on their performance at the Westchester regional competition held in March.

The competition, which took place in BASF’s Tarrytown division, featured a variety of rigorous and challenging chemistry and physics questions.

Sixth-grader Henry Demarest, seventh-grader Rishit Gupta, eighth-grader Aayushi Jha, seventh-grader Rishikesh Madabhushi, and seventh-grader Zachary Rosman prepared for the entrance exam, as well as the regional and state competitions by studying online tutorials prepared by the YBTC Challenge. They represented the middle school with great confidence and poise.

After a very exciting competition, Rishikesh finished as the second runner up (third in the state) and Henry the first runner up (second in the state).

“As a school, we are incredibly proud of all of our students who put in an incredible amount of effort and time to prepare for these competitions,” said Principal David Sottile. “We congratulate all of our students on their participation and success in this competition, and their truly magnificent level of performance.”

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