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 2016 Winners

K-2nd Grade No entries received.

3rd-5th Grade 1st Place: Eva C., Boyce Middle School
2nd Place: Asha S., Boyce Middle School

6th-8th Grade 1st Place: Nate G., Hopewell Memorial Jr. High School
2nd Place: Sam P., Jefferson Middle School

9th-12th Grade 1st Place: Rachael F., Ringgold High School
2nd Place: Mariah M., Shaler Area High School

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