Bishop Hendricken students win—again—during URI’s annual high school chemistry contest

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KINGSTON, R.I., May 26, 2016—Bishop Hendricken once again dominated the University of Rhode Island’s annual high school chemistry contest held May 24 on the Kingston campus.

The all-boys Catholic school in Warwick won the team competitions in division l and II, and Bishop Hendricken students took first, second and third places in the individual contests.


Hundreds of students from 12 high schools in Rhode Island competed in the 45-question, multiple-choice exam, which had to be completed in one hour.

Prizes were awarded to the top team and top three individuals in each of two divisions. Students with less than one full year of high school chemistry competed in division I, while students with more than one year of high school chemistry competed in division II. Those enrolled in advanced placement classes competed in division II.


“The high school chemistry contest is a great opportunity for Rhode Island high school students to visit the URI campus and demonstrate how much chemistry they’ve learned,” says William Euler, chair of the chemistry department. “The top teams and individuals have impressive scores on the exam.”


The contest was first held in 1921 and established as an annual event in 1933 by Professor Joseph Waite Ince.


In division I, Bishop Hendricken’s team of Ryan Bayne, Ben Kim, Steve Huang, Anthony Bartolomeo, Nick Mueller, Sean Meehan, Dylan Temel and Cory Morris took first place.


Barrington High School placed second, and East Greenwich High School placed third.

In division ll, Bishop Hendricken’s team of Fred Choi, Nathan Meehan, Riley Chabot, Miles Temel, Brandon Selvidio, Tharun Somasundar, Will Hindinger and Haoyang “Bill” Cai took first place.


Barrington came in second, and East Greenwich captured third place.


Here are the results of the individual competitions: Division 1 winners were Steven Huang of Bishop Hendricken (first place); Mingxuan Qu of Mount St. Charles in Woonsocket (second place); and Ryan Brady of Barrington High School (third place).


Division II individual winners were Ian Sabula of Barrington High School (first place); Frederick Choi of Bishop Hendricken (second place); and Haoyang Cai, also of Bishop Hendricken (third place).


In the last three years, Bishop Hendricken has won first place in divisions I and II.


Pictured above:

Top photo. Bishop Hendricken’s team of (l-r) Ryan Bayne, Ben Kim, Steve Huang, Anthony Bartolomeo, Nick Mueller, Sean Meehan, Dylan Temel and Cory Morris took first place in division I of URI’s annual high school chemistry contest.


Middle photo. Bishop Hendricken’s team of (l-r) Fred Choi, Nathan Meehan, Riley Chabot, Miles Temel, Brandon Selvidio, Tharun Somasundar, Will Hindinger and Haoyang “Bill” Cai took first place in division II of URI’s annual high school chemistry contest.


In light-blue jacket, Steven Huang of Bishop Hendricken, who won first place in the division I individual competition of URI’s annual high school chemistry contest.


In navy T-shirt, Ian Sabula of Barrington High School, who won first place in the division II individual competition of URI’s annual high school chemistry contest.


Photos by Michael Salerno Photography.