National Chemistry Week Poetry Contest

About the National Chemistry Week Poetry Contest

As part of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) National Chemistry Week (NCW)  celebrations, the Pittsburgh Section ACS sponsors an illustrated poetry contest for students in grades K-12. Students could pick topics related to the current NCW theme. First and second place winners are selected from four grade categories: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th. Poems could be any style (free verse, limerick, haiku, etc.). Entries are judged based upon relevance to and incorporation of the theme, word choice and imagery, colorful artwork, adherence to poem style, originality and creativity, and overall presentation.

Each 1st place winner will receive a check for $50 and their winning poem entered into the national poetry contest sponsored by the ACS’s Office of Community Activities and Committee on Community Activities  Each 2nd place winner will receive a check for $25.


If you have any questions, please contact the National Chemistry Week Coordinator, Mike Mautino, at  You can also visit our Facebook page at Pittsburgh ACS NCW.

Congratulations to our 2017 Winners

K-2nd Grade
1st Place: Gus H., home school; Teacher – Allison H.
2nd Place: Lauralei K., Holy Trinity School; Teacher – Mrs. Dipaolo

K-2nd Grade Category – Gus H







3rd-5th Grade
1st Place: Violet D., North Star Middle School; Teacher – Karen Walker
2nd Place: Bayleigh L., Trinity South Elementary School; Teacher – Heather Mohr

3rd-5th Grade Category – Violet D









6th-8th Grade
1st Place: Grace H., Franklin Regional Middle School; Teacher – Todd Rhea
2nd Place: Kaylee P., Hopewell Memorial Jr. High School; Teacher – Paula Cosnek

6th-8th Grade Category – Grace H









9th-12th Grade
1st Place: Rylan S., Moon Area High School; Teacher – Tracey Spinelli
2nd Place: Alexis K., Shaler Area High School; Teacher – Rena Murphy

9th-12th Grade Category – Rylan S


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