Adithya Suresh, a seventh-grader at Charlotte Latin School, won first place March 17 in the You Be the Chemist North Carolina Challenge.
You Be the Chemist Challenge is an academic competition that covers chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries and laboratory safety and is sponsored by The Chemical Foundation.
Suresh and his parents will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Philadelphia, Penn., where Suresh will compete in the You Be the Chemist National Challenge.
Charlotte Latin students Richard Cai and Cady Hammer also joined Suresh at the state competition. Richard received second place.