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Lucille M. Brown Students Advance in National Science Competition

Two students from Lucille M. Brown Middle School advanced to the state competition of the You Be The Chemist Challenge, a national contest that promotes the exploration of chemistry in life, studies and future careers.

Sarala Kennedy (8th) and Collin Lyons (7th) competed with over 600 middle school students from the Richmond area to earn a spot at the Virginia State Challenge on April 13. The winners of the state competition will advance to the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June.

“We are so proud of Sarala and Collin,” said Dr. Stacy Gaines, Principal of Lucille M. Brown Middle School. “They set this goal for themselves, they worked extremely hard throughout the year and now they will be competing at the state level. This is what being a Lucille M. Brown Panther is all about.”

During the challenge, students engage with chemistry concepts and their real world application by answering multiple-choice questions about properties of matter, the periodic table, chemical formulas and more.

Hosted by the Chemical Educational Foundation, the national challenge includes over 45,000 students from 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Participating students have the opportunity to engage with chemistry concepts earlier during their academic career and connect with industry professionals who serve as mentors in the field.

To learn more about the You Be the Chemist Challenge, visit