Barry University’s Department of Physical Sciences, in collaboration with FPL, hosted more than 150 students from 14 local high schools for the university’s 17th annual Chemistry and Physics Tournament on Apr. 13. Miami Palmetto Senior High School and Ransom
Everglades School took first place in the overall chemistry and physics events, respectively.
The students convened at Barry University’s campus at 7:30 a.m. to participate in written, oral and laboratory competitions in chemistry and physics throughout the day. The tournament is organized by Barry University each year to promote the importance of learning about the sciences and celebrate excellence among local high school students.
“There is no doubt that each year there is more demand for STEM careers,” said Dr. Zuzana Zajickova, professor and chair of the Chemistry Department. “We want to foment young talent in to help students follow a path to a successful college career in the sciences.”
From the 13 high schools that participated, the following students and schools received the top distinctions:
Chemistry: 1. Miami Palmetto Senior High, 2. Pine Crest School, 3. John A. Ferguson Senior High.
Physics: 1 Ransom Everglades School, 2. Cypress Bay High School, 3. MAST Academy at FIU.
Other participating schools were American Heritage Boca/Delray, Christopher Columbus High School, Doctors Charter School, Dr.
Michael Krop Senior High School, Gulliver Preparatory School, Miami Country Day School, Miami Senior High School and NSU University School.