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Local Cool Kid: Ismael Qureshi

The thought of chemistry and all the math and science is enough to scare just about anyone. Not Ismael Qureshi.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The thought of chemistry and all the math and science isenough to scare just about anyone. Not Ismael Qureshi.

The Pleasant View school student rose to the challenge andshocked even himself.

“I wasn’t really expecting it,” said Qureshi.“I hadn’t planned for it. It was like a pleasant surprise.”

With all the studying of elements, reviewing formulas,checking and rechecking compounds, Qureshi and his family hoped it would beenough to help the rising freshman.

“We went through the whole thing just like, trying tomemorize as much we could,” he said.

One after another, his fellow competitors dropped in the “You be the Chemist Challenge” state competition in Middle Tennessee. The Tennessee State YBTC competition was organized by Dow Chemical Company in Knoxville, Ideal Chemical Company in Memphis, and the Pink Palace Family of Museums.

Ismael beat 29 other participants including five from otherMemphis area schools. He was the last person standing.

Back from Washington, D.C. and the national competition, Qureshi proudly represented not only Memphis and West Tennessee, but the entire state.

He said his love of chemistry is growing.

“The competition sort of like introduced me to thechemistry, and that it wasn’t really like, as like, complicated as I expectedit to be,” said Qureshi.