Chemistry Professor Coaches Olympians
Aiken, SC (06/13/2019) — One University of South Carolina Aiken chemistry professor has prepped area high school students for the American Chemical Society's annual Chemistry Olympiad for almost three decades.
For the 27th consecutive year, Dr. Monty Fetterolf, USC Aiken chemistry professor, led the Chemistry Olympiad for the entire CSRA region.
"This program encourages science and chemistry among the best and brightest in our local school systems," said Dr. Chad Leverette, interim dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering.
In a given year, more than 450 students enrolled in high school chemistry classes are screened through a preliminary exam. After that, the top 10 are invited to USC Aiken to take the national Olympiad exam.
This year, seven area high schools - both public and private -- participated, including Aiken High, South Aiken High, Aquinas High, Augusta Prep High, Davidson Fine Arts High, Lakeside High, and Grovetown High.