Monday, June 13, 2005 | Gompers meeting for students and parents tonight

Board of Education meeting today

Tile wall dedicated

Lincoln High School committee to meet

New school to be built

Graduation ceremonies

Breakfast dance Saturday honors students

Del Mar students win international competition

Future Problem Solving asks four students to work together to complete a six-step problem-solving process. The students brainstorm, identify the underlying problem, develop solutions, generate criteria to judge their ideas and finally produce an action plan to implement the best solution. Past topics have been terrorism/security, agriculture in the 21st century and depletion of oceanic species. The international competition’s theme was corporate crime. Visit the organization’s Web site for more information.

San Diego students qualify for Chemistry Olympiad trials

“We always say San Diego is a biotech capital with a strong science environment,” said University of San Diego assistant chemistry professor Debbie Tahmassebi who organized the competition. “This shows there’s a lot of strength in our future scientists as well. To have not one but two students qualify is pretty impressive.” Also impressive, she added, is that Henry and Taylor are just finishing their sophomore years in high school.

Henry and Taylor were honored at a banquet June 4 at USD sponsored by the local chapter of the chemistry society. The two devoted many hours preparing for the exam, which consisted of multiple choice, short answers and a laboratory portion where students have to improvise to find the answer to a question. “The students are given lab materials and a very specific question, but they’re not told what procedure to use to find the answer,” Tahmassebi said. “It really tests their creativity and understanding of the science.” USD and the San Diego chapter of the chemical society have hosted the Olympiad competition for the last nine years.

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– MARSHA SUTTON, Voice Education Writer

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