News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, April 18, 2019
DI-S student earns fourth in chemistry competition

Marlaina Jones of Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School recently earned fourth place out of 27 sixth- to eighth-grade students in the 2019 Maine You Be The Chemist Challenge, “an exciting competition that encourages students to engage with chemistry concepts and their real-world applications,” according to a news release. The Challenge was held in Deer Isle and is run by the Chemical Educational Foundation.

“The You Be The Chemist Challenge fosters connections between industry, educators, and community members to celebrate outstanding young learners and inspire them to pursue STEM careers. Students compete individually by answering multiple-choice questions to advance through a series of competition levels, beginning at their school and culminating on the national stage. At the National Challenge in June, state champions from across the country will receive national recognition and compete for college scholarships,” the release stated.

Jackson Haskell, a seventh-grader from James F. Doughty School, won the chemistry competition and was declared the 2019 champion. Second place was earned by Anna Elliott and third place was Carolyne Sauda, also from James F. Doughty. The 2019 Maine Challenge was sponsored by The Galley and the Travis Eaton family.