May 18, 1998


WHS students work for Chemistry Olympiad

  by Deborah Stone

   Woodinville High School students Craig Wolfe and Allyson Seamon were among the top ten chemistry students in the Puget Sound to qualify for a chance to become members of the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad team. Based on their scores on a regional exam, the students were chosen to take a national exam aimed at determining finalist status. Wolfe and Seamon are among approximately 1,000 nominees nationwide who are vying for the opportunity to represent the U.S. in the 30th International Chemistry Olympiad in Melbourne, Australia, July 5-14.
   The Olympiad involves a series of theoretical exams, laboratory exercises and other activities directed at identifying the best chemistry students from around the world. This is the fifteenth year of U.S. participation. Last year the U.S. team earned one gold medal, two silvers and one bronze competing against more than 184 other students representing forty seven countries. Of the 1,000 nominees nationwide, twenty students will be identified and then undergo intensive training in June at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The top four will comprise the U.S. team.
   Wolfe, a senior at WHS, has been accepted at the UW in the honors pre-engineering program. Science and math have always been his favorite subjects. 'They come easily to me and I find them interesting and fun," says Wolfe. Seamon, a junior, is taking Running Start classes at a local community college. Both students have been studying chemistry in teacher Larry Gulberg's Advanced Placement classes.