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The Kalamazoo section of the American Chemical Society held its forty-third annual awards program on Monday, May 9, 2016 in the chemistry building atrium on the campus of Western Michigan University. Awardees gathered along with family members, educators, and KACS members at 6pm for a reception with light hors d’oeuvres. The ceremony began at 6:45pm when KACS Chair Brian Eklov formally assembled all in attendance. Award presentations began with ACS 50+ members Al Blum, Herman W. Smith, and Roger G. Williams (pictures below). All three spoke briefly of their careers and love of chemistry. Additional 50-year members recognized but unable to attend were William E. Heyd, Gabe I. Kornis, Thomas L. Miller, and Ekkehard Sinn.
Next up were the 60-year members! This year we recognized two chemists who have achieved this milestone. Both David G. Martin and Howard A. Whaley were present and briefly spoke of their professional experiences in the chemistry field (photographs below).
Western Michigan University Chemistry Department honored Casey Wright as their outstanding college chemistry student while Mara Birndorf was honored with the same distinction from the Kalamazoo College Department of Chemistry (picture below). This year’s Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award went to Chris Orlaske of Lawrence Junior-Senior High School.
High school teachers are asked to nominate an outstanding senior chemistry student. This year ten students were recognized. Each Outstanding High School Chemistry Student received an Amazon gift card. A list of recipients and the student's high school appears below.
|Meredith Adams||Portage Central High School|
|Garrett W. Amstutz||Paw Paw High School|
|Jawad Aqeel||Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center (KAMSC)|
|Olivia Harlow||Plainwell High School|
|August Jarzambek||Portage Northern High School|
|John McKenney||Lawton High School|
|Hannah McQueen||Gull Lake High School|
|Bryant Neal||Hackett Catholic Prep|
|Alex Pease||Kalamazoo Christian High School|
|Austin Salome||Comstock High School|
On April 23, 2016, Sixty-eight students sat for the 2015 ACS Competitive Scholarship Final Exam. The top twenty students (this year 22 due to ties) received certificates for their accomplishments and cash prizes! The names of the scholarships award winners and the honorable mention students are listed below.
|1st||Siddhant Pagariya||KAMSC/Portage Northern||$600|
|2nd||Praneeth Medepalle||KAMSC/Portage Central||$500|
|3rd (Tie)||Meredith Adams||Portage Central||$400|
|Helen Foldenauer||Gull Lake||$400|
|Aheer Alvi||KAMSC/Portage Central||$400|
|6th||Emma Hettinger||Kalamazoo Christian||$100|
|7th||Josiah Turpin||Gull Lake||$100|
|8th (Tie)||Owen Langejans||KAMSC/Portage Northern||$100|
|Hannah McQueen||Gull Lake||$100|
|Anthony Reo||Paw Paw||$100|
The honorable mention students each received a $50 gift card
|Christopher deGraca Lobo||Portage Northern|
|Joseph Flanagan||Portage Northern|
|Skyler Flietstra||KAMSC/Gull Lake|
|Harvey Flynn||KAMSC/Gull Lake|
|Austen Ford||Portage Central|
|Latharia Smith||Loy Norrix|
|Christopher Vennard||Gull Lake|
|Cassandra Ward||Loy Norrix|
The program ended just before 8pm with two ACS Service awards. Angela Willson, KACS secretary, received the 2016 ACS Committee on Community Activities Local Section Volunteer of the Year Award. James Kiddle, KACS Competitive Exam Chair, received the KACS Local Section Volunteer Award for 2016. Congratulations to both and thank you for everything you do for ACS.
Thanks go to James Kiddle, Lydia Hines, and Brian Eklov for a wonderful awards ceremony