Minnetonka Middle School West student Madison Andrews, left, placed fourth in the April 20 You Be the Chemist State Tournament at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Rory Cole placed first and Bennett Christensen, right, placed third.

Seventeen Minnetonka Middle School West students participated in the You Be the Chemist State Tournament April 20 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. 

Eighth grader Rory Cole won first place, while Bennett Christensen placed third and Madison Andrews fourth. Cole will advance to the national competition Monday, June 18, in Washington, D.C. 

The challenge is a unique competition that tests students on both their chemistry knowledge and real-world application of that knowledge. 

For more information regarding the challenge, see their website at

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