Saint Andrew’s School senior Letian Wu ’21 participated in the Canadian Chemistry Contest during the spring of 2020 and SA is proud to announce that Letian won a Gold award! Gold Awards are given to the top 10% who competed nationally. Letian also earned the Special Merit Award given to top-performing students from all around the world.
With the help of AP chemistry teacher Mrs. Paula Martin, Letian planned to take part in Chemistry competitions in Florida as well as the U.S National Chemistry Olympiad last spring. But like most students who looked to compete on the national stage, Letian’s plans were derailed or altered by the global pandemic. Thankfully, he found that the Canadian Chemistry Contest offered an online option, and he was able to enter virtually.
Last spring’s Canadian Chemistry Contest required each participant to answer twenty-five challenging questions in one hour. “I tried my best, and I enjoyed the process of solving those challenging questions,” said Letian.
The Canadian Chemistry Contest (CCC) fosters an appreciation of chemistry as a career for talented young people and promotes national excellence in chemistry at the high school level. It is intended for the top 10% of high school and cégep students under 20 years of age taking chemistry and carried out by the Chemical Institutes of Canada (CIC).
Letian has taken several classes at Saint Andrew’s which he attributes to helping him earn the chemistry contest awards. The rigorous lineup of coursework includes AP Chemistry with Mrs. Martin, Honors Chemistry with Mr. Dalsass, Honors Math Problem-solving with Mrs. Winer, Honors Precalculus BC with Mr. Stoler, AP Calculus BC with Mr. McCullough, and IB Biology HL with Mrs. Gonzalez.
“To me, the study of chemistry is fascinating and amazing,” offered Letian. “From Inorganic Chemistry to Organic Chemistry, it covers every aspect of human life.”
Letian is grateful for all of the support that Mrs. Martin has provided him. “I appreciate that Mrs. Martin uses a great deal of her class time in AP Chemistry to do different lab experiments instead of merely presenting knowledge from the textbook,” he said. Letian believes that these hands-on learning moments have contributed to his successes.
“I want to thank Mrs. Martin for her support and encouragement,” said Letian. “She has inspired me to learn and develop into a chemist.”
Letian is a senior boarding school student from Guangzhou, China, and came to SA as a sophomore. As a premier boarding school in Florida, Saint Andrew’s attracts top students to our beautiful 81-acre campus. SA has been named the #1 Best Boarding High School in Florida by Niche.com, and has been listed as a Top 20 Boarding School.
Saint Andrew’s is proud to have top-performing resident students such as Letian Wu in its boarding program. Letian joins fellow resident students from close to 30 countries and multiple states.
SA congratulates Letian on his accomplishments in chemistry and wishes him well in his senior year. Go Scots!