Students shine in SLU chemistry competition _lowres

Photo provided by Linda Faller Joiner -- Taylor Crawford, Noah Holman and first place winner Nathan Gendron, from left, represented Hammond Westside Elementary Montessori School in the You Be the Chemist Challenge at Southeastern Louisiana University on Jan. 29.

Three students represented Hammond Westside Elementary Montessori School in the You Be the Chemist Challenge at Southeastern Louisiana University on Jan. 29.

Taylor Crawford, Noah Holman and Nathan Gendron, sixth-graders in Alanna Langla’s and Angela Bradford’s classes, were among the top 20 scorers selected to participate in the challenge to earn a first-, second- or third-place finish. Gendron finished first out of more than 300 students.

The You Be the Chemist Challenge is an interactive academic contest that encourages students in fifth through eighth grades to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications, a news release said.