Dow Westside Challenge chemistry competition held for Iberville, WBR middle schoolers

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

PLAQUEMINE - Middle school students from Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes showed off their knowledge of chemistry concepts, important discoveries and chemical safety awareness at the local level of a national chemistry competition on Wednesday.

The students competed against one another in the Dow Westside You Be the Chemist Challenge – an academic question-and-answer competition created by the Chemical Educational Foundation.

The Dow Westside Challenge aims to engage grade 6-8 students in chemistry through a dynamic event that partners industry members with schools and organizations in the communities in which they operate.

"The Challenge exposes students to the fascinating world of chemistry as it applies to their everyday lives, allowing them to gain a greater appreciation of how chemistry and chemicals will continue to shape their world," stated Abby Cook, Dow Public Affairs. "Additionally, linking industry, educators, and students together not only builds stronger community relationships but also highlights the importance of science education in an informal and celebratory manner. Dow is proud to be the supporter of this first-time event in Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes."

The local-level portion of the Challenge held at the Math, Science & Arts Academy-West in Plaquemine, was sponsored by Dow's Louisiana Operations.

First, second, and third place winners from both Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes of the Dow Westside Local Challenge will advance to the Louisiana State Challenge in the spring.

The winner of the state competition will move on to compete in the National Challenge June 23 in Philadelphia. There, they will compete with state winners from across the country.

At the national competition, each participant will receive fun prizes, such as T-shirts and gift certificates to the Discovery Channel Store.

The first through fourth-place winners will also receive scholarships for future educational use.

In addition to the Challenge and prizes, each participant and a chaperone will be treated to various activities in historic Philadelphia, such as a visit to The Franklin Institute and a celebratory dinner at the National Constitution Center.

For more information about the competition, please visit CEF's website at

Competing from Iberville Parish included MSA-West's Elyse Arnold, MSA-East's Josh Babin, St. John's Grant Blanchard, MSA-East's Ryan Bromfield, Plaquemine's Nicholas Cedotal, MSA-West's Chance Hracek, White Castle's Marlon Lewis, MSA-West's Kaleb McGraw, MSA-West's Noah Morgan, Plaquemine's Amber Pace, MSA-West's Paul Ponthieux, East Iberville's Destini Sanders, Crescent's Madalyn Saurage, MSA-East's Dylan Spedale and Dorseyville's Destiny Wesley.

Competing from West Baton Rouge Parish included Devall's Brogan Amond, Port Allen's Audrey Arrasmith, Holy Family's Morgan Bernard, Brusly's Logan Berthelot, Brusly's Jaspen Charles, Devall's Alex Gautreaux, Port Allen's Leilani Hall, Holy Family's Ryley Hopkins, Brusly's Keturah Johnson, Port Allen's MaKayla Lacy, Port Allen's Kelvin Murphy, Brusly's Brittany Navarro, Devall's Desiree` Noland, Port Allen's Blaine Rogers and Holy Family's Malorey Uzee.