WASHINGTON — Saaket Agrawal,
a recent graduate of Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, Calif. earned a silver
medal at the 45th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). His three
teammates also earned high scores, receiving two gold medals and one silver medal.
The U.S. students competed with teams from more than 70 countries, July 15-21, in Moscow. During these 10 days of exams, laboratory work, athletics and sightseeing, the students had a chance to compete at the highest levels and establish networks that go beyond cultures and borders.
Of his experience, Saaket said, “The entire IChO experience was just amazing, we gained so much from this international perspective. In terms of the medals, I think our team did exceptionally well. I'm really proud of the entire team and how much work everyone put in to get to this point, and I really couldn't have asked for a better end to my high school career.”
The American Chemical Society has sponsored the American team annually since the United States joined the Olympiad. Principal funding is through the ACS Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Olympiad Endowment with additional support from the Air Force Academy; Advanced Chemistry Development; Carolina Biological Supply Company; Flinn Scientific, Inc; Wiley & Sons Publishers; McGraw-Hill Companies; Merck Publishing Group; Prentice Hall Publishers; Texas Instruments, Inc.; University Science Books; and Sigma Aldrich Co.