Conrady Junior High School eighth-grader Ahmad Maatah won third place in the “You Be The Chemist” competition Monday at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.
For his efforts, Ahmad won a $200 gift card and a chance to compete in the YBTC State competition April 29 at Lewis University in Romeoville.
North Palos District 117 was represented in the local competition by six students (five active competitors and an alternate) who competed against their peers from other local school districts.
They answered questions about the periodic table as well as how chemicals react in different scenarios.
Teachers Matt Offord and Becky Glaubke coach the students each year and prepare them for the competition. The students include: Ahmad Maatah, Sereen Uwainat, Samantha Kalinka, Katrina Pavloski, Maria Thurman and Isabella Mroczek.