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Science Dept. Hosts Chemistry Competition for Eastern N.C. Region High School Students

Margaret McGuire, Lily Huo and Charles Goodman, left to right, are moving on to a national chemistry competition after performing well in the N.C. Regional Chemistry Olympiad hosted by the PCC Science Department in March.

WINTERVILLE—Three Eastern North Carolina high school students are moving on to a national chemistry competition this month after performing well during the N.C. Regional Chemistry Olympiad hosted by the Pitt Community College Science Department.

J.H. Rose students Lily Huo and Charles Goodman will be joined by Margaret McGuire, who is homeschooled, for the national event, which is set to take place April 18 at PCC for the Eastern North Carolina region.

PCC Science Department Chair Jeff Rorer says the American Chemical Society sponsors the competition each year to give high school students a chance to put their chemistry skills to the test. Those who score well enough in their respective regional competitions advance to the national event, which is comprised of a three-part test that includes a laboratory component.

Rorer said seven students competed in the event at PCC on March 7 as part of a region that encompasses Wilson, the Outer Banks and Wilmington. He said PCC instructor Stephen Gabriel treated the competitors to various chemistry demonstrations during their visit, including showing them how to turn pennies into gold and silver and a presentation on the properties of light.

“Overall, hosting the competition at Pitt Community College is a great way to introduce science savvy high school students to PCC while giving back to the community and fostering education,” Rorer said.