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Illinois 8th Grader Wins Chemical Industry Competition

9:21 AM MDT | June 18, 2008 | Esther D'Amico in Philadelphia

Christopher Pillay, an eighth grader from Elk Grove Village, IL, beat out 11 other middle-school students last week to win the 2008 You Be the Chemist (YBTC) Challenge, a national chemistry competition sponsored by several groups including chemical companies. Ethan Li, an eighth grader from Bloomfield Hills, MI, and Nabil Shaikh, a seventh grader from Reading, PA, placed second and third place, respectively. Pillay says he prepared for the question-and-answer competition with the help of his parents, who helped him pore over many pages of study materials to learn...

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