Students honored

The Penn-York Section of the American Chemical Society recognized outstanding chemistry students at their awards night on June 12. Pennsylvania students honored at the event at Moon Brook Country Club in Jamestown, N.Y., were, from left, Mia Ambuski, Port Allegany High School; Haedyn Brewer, Otto-Eldred High School; and MaKenzie Mesler, Oswayo Valley High School.

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — The Penn-York Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) honored area chemistry students recently at their annual awards night at Moon Brook Country Club in Jamestown, N.Y.

The American Chemical Society is a congressionally chartered independent membership organization that represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry. It is the largest scientific society by membership, and the Penn-York is one of the largest geographical sections of the ACS, covering the western Southern Tier of New York and the adjacent area of Pennsylvania.

All high school teachers in the Penn-York area were invited to select their outstanding chemistry student and submit his or her name to the Section. The teachers, students and their families were invited to the dinner, where Secretary-Treasurer Charles Brininger, retired and adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus, welcomed everyone and gave background on the ACS. Penn-York Chair Donna Brestensky, Professor of Chemistry at St. Bonaventure University, presented the awards.

Pennsylvania students recognized were Mia Ambuski, Port Allegany High School; Haedyn Brewer, Otto-Eldred High School; and MaKenzie Mesler, Oswayo Valley High School.

After receiving their cash prize, each youth spoke briefly on their academic plans and professional aspirations. Award certificates had been sent to the students’ schools for presentation at their awards assemblies.

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