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Ridgewood NJ, Eshaan Saxena, a seventh-grader at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, will represent New Jersey at the Chemical Educational Foundation’s 2018 National You Be the Chemist Challenge.
Saxena is one of 42 students in grades 5 to 8 nationwide who will be participating in the challenge, a competition that focus on chemistry and STEM topics.
Saxena competed with 46,000 middle school students finalists nationwide who participated in local and state competitions to qualify for the national challenge.
Saxena was the winner of the New Jersey state challenge, held in April at the BASF Corp. head quarters in Florham Park. He will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete June 18 in the National You Be the Chemist Challenge.
The CEF is a nonprofit organization that encourages students to pursue chemistry and STEM-related learning.