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Battle of
the Burets

The Battle of the Burets ...

... is a peculiarly St Louis event. Every February, teams (pairs) of high school chemistry students battle to be the best titrators in the region, by determining the normality of an unknown acid solution. All teams compete in preliminary heats, and the top prelim teams face off once more in the final round. In each round, teams have six minutes to arrive at their answer using any information they accumulate within that time period. They may perform a single titration. Or they might perform two or three titrations and either average the results or pick the result that feels right to them.

In 2012, Schools Scramble for Top Titrating Honors

On Wednesday, February 29th, 21 teams from 12 local high schools participated in the Battle of the Burets competition at St Louis Community College–Florissant Valley. The top team from each of three preliminary rounds—Kirkwood, MICDS and Clayton—advanced to the winner-take-all championship round. Daniel Kaganov and Adrienne Brauch from MICDS took top honors.

Place Teammates School Teacher
1st Daniel Kaganov and Adrienne Brauch MICDS Mark Autry
2nd Katherine Nachbar and Tyler Ponder Clayton High School Nathan Peck
3rd Michael Rath and Ben Neuhaus Kirkwood High School Lisa Autry

Champions Daniel Kaganov and Adrienne Brauch (center) with BoB coordinator Bruce Ritts (left) and their teacher/coach Mark Autry (right)

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