Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

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Report of the 40th KACS Awards Gathering

Monday 20 May 2013

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By Lydia Hines.

What a pleasant evening we had hosting a gathering of approximately 100 enthusiastic attendees: students, parents, grandparents, high school teachers, and KACS members, for our Section’s fortieth Awards presentation to High school students who have excelled in Chemistry either routinely in the classroom, as recommended by their teachers, and/or as a result of success on a two-stage chemistry exam administered by our Section. In the last couple of years we have also formally recognized past chairs of the Section with “Past-Chair” pins. Also recognized at this ceremony are KACS members who have been members of the Society for 50 years, outstanding College Students nominated by the two 4-year colleges in our Section, an outstanding high school teacher, and one (or more) Section member(s) or friend(s) who has consistently given of his/her time and energy for the successful execution of any of our Section’s activities – it is always “fun” to see the surprise on the recipient’s face.

Outstanding high school seniors recognized this year were

  • Andrew Behrman – Comstock
  • Zachary Carr – Gull Lake
  • Samantha Ternes - Hackett Catholic Central
  • Alex Lim – Kalamazoo Central
  • Nolan Stoffer – Kalamazoo Christian
  • Quinton Colwell – KAMSC/Portage Central
  • Lucas Ryan – Lawton
  • Nicholas Bertoldi – Mattawan
  • Renee Schwartz – Otsego
  • Samantha Pursley – Paw Paw
  • Kelsey Ernst – Plainwell
  • Scott Linder - Portage Central
  • Sergio Rodriguez-Labra – Portage Northern
  • Sarah Glass – Wayland Union
  • Examination winnersrecognized were
  • James Gibson – Gull Lake
  • Michael Melbow – Gull Lake
  • Grey Braybrooks – KAMSC/Kalamazoo Central
  • Tyler Leverton – KAMSC/Loy Norrix
  • Daniel Woodworth – KAMSC/Kalamazoo Central
  • Henry Spies – Gull Lake
  • Callahan Katrak – MattawanCooper Quartermaine – KAMSC/Gull Lake
  • Quinton Colwell – KAMSC/Portage Central
  • Sarah Glass – Wayland Union
  • Nicholas Bertoldi – Mattawan
  • Kylee Chaffin – Gull Lake
  • Caelan Deater – Gull Lake
  • Kelsey Ernst – Plainwell
  • Morgan Freeby – Portage Central
  • Katie K. Lee – KAMSC/Portage Central
  • Alex Z. Lim – Kalamazoo Central
  • Madelene McKenzie – KAMSC/ Portage Northern
  • Joshua Mussche – KAMSC/Comstock
  • Sergio Rodriguez-Labra – Portage Northern

Outstanding college-student award recipients were

  • Joshua Abbott – Kalamazoo College;
  • Brandon Barr - Western Michigan University

Outstanding high school teacher Awardee

  • Theresa Schwartz, Plainwell

50-year members in attendance

  • Dr. Robert C. Kelly
  • Dr. Douglas L. Rector

Each received a certificate supplied by the National ACS. Drs. Fred Antosz and Charles Hall did not attend.

Past chairs in attendance

  • Michael Kiella
  • Monica Whitmire
  • Elke Schoffers

Our startled Section Awardee

  • Robin Lenkart of the Chemistry Department at Western Michigan University.

Thanks are due once again to our Awards Committee, and to our KACS Education Committee for another successful event:

  • Dr. Donald Schreiber
  • Dr. James Kiddle
  • Dr. Sherine Obare
  • Dr. Andre Venter