Orange County Section

International Chemistry Olympiad

The International Chemistry Olympiad is an annual event where countries from throughout the world send their four best high school chemistry students to compete against each other. About 80 countries participate in the competition, which is held in a different country each year.

The selection process begins at the local level. Typically, about forty High Schools from all over Orange County send as many as four students each to compete in the local section exam, which is usually held in March-April. The top twelve scorers on this exam are eligible to advance to the national round of the competition where each student takes a five-hour exam that includes extensive laboratory work. Approximately 1,000 students across the U.S. advance to this round. Those that score among the top twenty nationally on this test are invited to attend the Olympiad Study Camp, usually held at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The top four at the camp will then go on to represent the U.S. at the international competition in July.

Over the past twenty-five years, four county schools (Irvine, Sunny Hills, Troy and Valencia) have had students qualify to attend the study camp at the Air Force Academy.

2017 Results
155 students (a record) from 43 different schools (another record) participated in the Local Exam for Chemistry Olympiad in 2017.

2016 Results
This year 39 schools with a total of 141 students competed in the Orange County Section Chemistry Olympiad exam. 13 students (we had one automatic qualifier) from 9 High Schools from Orange County qualified for the National Chemistry Olympiad competition, of which 4 finished with High Honors (top 50 in the nation). Only one other Section in the US had more, and only 4 Sections also had 4 High Honor students like us. This is commendable for a smaller section like ours, especially when one considers the fact that there were 144 participating Local Sections.
Winners from each School
Team Results
National Exam Participants
Photos of National Exam Participants
Description of the 2016 Chem Oly Summer Training Camp

2015 Results
There were 135 participating students representing 37 different high schools. The average score was 34 out of 60.
Winners from each School
Team Results
National Exam Participants
Photo of National Exam Participants

2014 Results
Winners from each School
Team Results
National Exam Participants

2013 Results
Winners from each School
Team Results
National Exam Participants

2012 Results
Winners from each School
Team Results

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