Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Chemical Technology Program Hosts Battle of Burets 2013


by Adrienne Mazdra

On Wednesday, February 20th, twenty teams from 10 local high schools braved frigid temperatures and the oncoming snow/ice storm to participate in the Battle of the Burets competition sponsored by the St Louis Section–ACS and St Louis Community College–Florissant Valley.

Teams of two students competed to accurately determine the normality of an unknown acid solution within a six-minute time period. This year’s competition was fierce, with over half of the participating teams scoring within 0.5% of the known, secret value. As the phenolphthalein-pink hues diminished, teams from Parkway West High School, Villa Duchesne, and Westminster Christian Academy advanced to this year’s title round. Rachel Arnold and Mary Hogan from Villa Duchesne took top honors.

Place
Students
School
Teacher/sponsor
1st
Rachel Arnold and Mary Hogan
Villa Duchesne
Kathleen Danzo
2nd
Daniel Pollman and Nathan Cherian
Westminster Christian Academy
Andrew Shaw
3rd
Laura Santanagelo and Ryan Schlueter
Parkway West
Jan Keller

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