You Be The Chemist 2019 Challenge
March 22, 2019
Southeastern Louisiana Unversity
You Be The Chemist Challenge is a joint venture between Southeastern Louisiana University and Tangipahoa Parish School System to increase student interest in STEM careers especially chemistry. The competition was held at Southeastern Louisiana University and hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Physics. The 2019 challenge included 305 students from 19 district schools. The schools competing were Amite West Side Middle, Champ Cooper, Chesbrough, Greenville Park, Hammond Eastside Magnet, Hammond Westside Montessori, Independence Middle Magnet, Kentwood Jr, Loranger Middle, Lucille Nesom, Martha Vinyard, Natalbany Middle, OW Dillon, Ponchatoula Jr, Roseland Montessori, SLU Lab, Spring Creek, Sumner Middle, and Woodland Park.
Students competing in the challenge took a computer exam at their school site prior to the challenge. The highest scorers on the computer exam competed in a quiz bowl to determine the district winners. District winners will compete at the state challenge to be held at LSU. All students participated with experiment stations prepared by Southeastern Louisiana University students and professors.
District winners are first place Cayden Cornett, Martha Vinyard; second place Jayden Desport, Martha Vinyard; third place, Nathaniel Sanchez, Hammond Eastside Magnet; and 4th place, Adam Deslatte, Ponchatoula Jr. High. Pictured with the district winners are Ms. Stilley, Tangischools Superintendent and SLU President Dr. Crain.
Students competing in the preliminary round of the quiz bowl competition are as follows (not in order of picture):
Amite West Side - Kevin Brown, KShine Smith
Champ Cooper - Logan Foy, Tate Joiner, Troy Mariakis
Chesbrough - Zemyrah Collins, Hayden Newman
Greenville Park - Valentia Carter, Marcus Lee, Ashlon Matthews
Hammond Eastside - Cadence Lanier, Tyler Marks, Nathaniel Sanchez
Hammond Westside - Alexander Bittola, Adam Dearmond, Dixid Moore
Independence Magnet - Rylie Stoctan, Farrakhan Washington
Kentwood Jr - Hulus Lizana
Loranger Middle - Hawk Finch, Buddy Glover
Lucille Nesom - Ali Crowe, Stacy Murray
Martha Vinyard - Cayden Cornett, Jayden Desport, Kaiden Pilcher
Natalbany Middle - Dylan Baham, Taylor Corkern, Jake Lane
OW Dillon - Makalah Dyson, Caden Moore
Ponchatoula Jr - Austyn Akin, John Cranford, Adam Deslatte,
Roseland Montessori - Hayden Graham, Emilia Lombardo, Laney Saragusa
SLU Lab - Shannen Alack, Christina Le
Spring Creek - Mason Billings, Logan Sanders
Sumner Middle - Ava Daniels, Destiny Eckhout, Connor Forrest
Woodland Park - Lyric Jackson, Zya Knight
Ms. Stilley speaks to the students about the You be the Chemist program and encourages students to continue to succeed in science and STEM education courses. Glenda Husser presents Dr. Gina Little, SLU Interium Department Head of Chemistry and Physics, with a poster students signed in appreciation for sponsoring the event. Dr. Little coordinates the challenge for SLU.
Door prizes were also given to students and teachers during the quiz bowl competition. Ms. Stilley and Mr. Genco, Assistant Superintendent, enjoyed randomly selecting the names for the student door prizes. Dr. Crain, SLU President, assisted with selecting the names for the teacher door prizes.
Teachers participating with the challenge are Devona Sandifer, Cornelius Blount, Betty Mehrtens, Elisabeth Sanders, Paula Splane, Barbara English, April Shaw, Brittany Green, Rawndy Wells, Candace Cooper, Marty Morris, Valerie Adams, Crystal Rock, Debra Fleming, Nichol Hayes, Robin Price, Jude Pisciotta, Charlaine Whann, and Chasity Jenkins. Teachers worked with students preparing for the quiz bowl challenge throughout the year.
Experiment stations were conducted by SLU Dept of Chemistry and Physics professors and students. All 305 students participated in the stations which included demonstrating flash paper, experimenting with a rainbow tube, demonstrating elephant toothpaste, making slime, and various activities presented by College Life. TPSS volunteers assisted students in making bracelets with solar beads.
A special thanks to SLU and the SLU Chemistry and Physics Department for their support of STEM education in Tangipahoa Parish. It is their dream that our students will be the next generation of scientists.