Going For The GoldA team of four United States high school students placed fourth at the 24th International Chemistry Olympiad, held July 11-17 in Pittsburgh. Out of 33 countries, they were bested only by China, Hungary, and Poland. The annual competition was hosted by the U.S. for the first time since its inauguration in 1968 and was organized this year by the American Chemical Society. Medals were awarded at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., on July 21 . Swaine Chen, from O'Fallon Township High School in Illinois, was the top U.S. competitor, taking a gold medal for his 15th-place finish out of 131 entrants. According to Chen, European, North American, and Asian countries fielded the majority of teams. “I don't think there were any African delegations,” says Chen, “and I don't remember any South American delegations. Hopefully, in years to come, those countries will be able...
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