Chemistry students take on challenge

Tidd places 1st and Wicoff 5th at regional competition

By Brynna Hollins, Staff Writer

On March 24, chemistry teacher Dana Daugharthy took six students to the Chemistry Olympiad Examination at Pittsburg State University. And for the second year, IHS students earned some top honors.

During the PSU event, students from southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, and southwest Missouri take a 60-question, high-level chemistry exam. The top eight students that day advance to take the national exam, but only two students can qualify from each school. The national exam is a five-hour, three-part test that includes multiple-choice and essay questions, plus a lab procedure.

Students qualifying for nationals this year were senior Jonathan Tidd, who placed first overall, and junior Clara Wicoff who was fifth.

“Two years we’ve done this, and each year we’ve qualified to people for the national exam,” Daugharthy said. However, Tidd’s score placed much higher than others who placed in the exam.

The national exam also was at Pittsburg State. Tidd told The Messenger on April 28 that he had not yet received results from that test, which he said was quite challenging.

“It was a good experience,” he said. “It was nice to know that other people also didn’t know what they were doing.”