On the 24th of February, 38 students from seven area high schools competed in the “Battle of Burets”. Kevin Tucker, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, at SIU Edwardsville, hosted/refereed/mediated the event.
Each team completed six titrations, scored on relative error. The top team averaged less than 5 parts per thousand. Skill levels were amazing this year, with the top six teams all below 1% error. Those top six teams received trophies and a round of applause from the other participants. Students competed using personal protective equipment provided by their schools and considered suitable to the low level of risk present. Teachers are encouraged to, as funds become available, obtain additional personal protective equipment that will allow their students to engage in a wider range of activities.
Congratulations to Mary Institute and Country Day School (MICDS) and teachers Kelly Anderson and Justin Little, who led their students Bonnie Sneider and Poulomi Rudrappa to a first place finish and Mia Duchars and Erin Halligan to a second place finish. The Clayton High School team (teacher Nathan Peck) of Koray Akduman and Noah Kennedy tied for third place with Keegan Pham and Louis Puder from St. Mary’s High School (teacher Kristine Ranciglio). Jan Keller led her team from Parkway West High School of Robert McKnight and Keelyn Legler to tie for fourth place. Also tying for fourth place were Rishi Bhattacharya and Eshaan Tibrewala from MICDS.
Thank you to all of the teachers for encouraging your students to participate, and congratulations to all the participants on a job well done!