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Avery A. Ashdown Exam
and USNCO cancelled
March 16, 2020
The Ashdown Qualifying Examination for the United States National Chemistry Opympiad is cancelled. I am certain that every student who had looked forward to the Ashdown is disappointed, but also understanding of the situation.
We're unable this year to run our local section exam nor offer names of top-scoring students from our local section exam to qualify for the USNCO. 
Safety first.
At this point, there is no further news. We have reached out to the national committee for information about what happens next; at this time, no decision has been made. When infomation becomes available from the national committee, we will keep you informed. 
 
Please keep yourselves safe and healthy.
 
Alan Crosby, Chair of the NEACS Ashdown Committee
Steve Lantos, Chair of the NEACS High School Committee
 
The Avery Ashdown High School Chemistry Examination Contest
The Ashdown High School Chemistry Examination Contest is an annual event sponsored by the NESACS. Each high school in the Northeastern Section may be represented by a maximum of five (5) participants selected by their school or teachers. (One alternate may be named on the registration form, but only five students will be tested.)
2020 Information Packet:
General Information [PDF]

Guidelines [PDF]

* Teacher Registration Form [Fillable PDF] - right click and choose save linked file

Complete Packet [.zip] - right click and choose save linked file

* Download the registration forms, fill them out, then click SUBMIT at the bottom of the form to send them to the NESACS Secretary by email
Ashdown exams: [PDF]
Answer keys: [PDF]
Winners of cash awards and honorable mention awards in previous years are not eligible to compete for Ashdown recognition; however, they may compete to become eligible for the Olympiad Examination. Cash awards will be given to the students with the top five (5) scores. Honorable mention awards will be given to five (5) first-year and five (5) second-year students with the next highest scores.
In addition, each winning student will be invited, along with his/her teacher, to be guests of the Northeastern Section at its May dinner meeting and will be given appropriate recognition.
Top scorers in the Ashdown Examination will be eligible to take the qualifying exam for the Unites States Chemistry Olympiad Team. Addition details can be found in the information packet.
This year, there will be two dates available to take the Avery Ashdown High School Chemistry Examination. We realize that due to religious or other commitments, not everyone is able to take the exam on Saturday. Therefore, the date for 2020 is:

Wednesday, April 1st from 4:30-7:00pm at:
Weston High School
44 Wellesley Sttreet
Weston, MA 02493
For directions to WHS:
Driving Directions
Weston High School is located south of Route 30 (South Avenue, Weston) on Wellesley Street. Coming from Rte 30, the entrance to the HIGH SCHOOL playing fields/parking lot is the first left off Wellesley Street; the main entrance to the school is the second left off Wellesley Street. Coming from Wellesley toward Rte 30, the main entrance is on the right, after the Middle School; the playing fields and parking lot are the second right after the Middle School.
(The HIGH SCHOOL gym is located in the left wing of the main building. Enter through the doors on far left of the building.)
From points North via Rte 128: Take Exit 24, Rte. 30, and head West on Rte. 30 for approximately 2 miles. Take a left at stoplight onto Wellesley Street.
From Boston via Mass Pike: Take the Weston interchange, Exit 15, and follow the signs for Weston, Rte. 30. At the top of the ramp, turn right. At first light, make left onto Rte. 30. At second stoplight, make left onto Wellesley Street.
From points west via Mass Pike: Take the Natick/Rte. 30 East interchange. Follow Rte. 30 East to the intersection of Rte. 30 and Wellesley Street (first stoplight in Weston). Turn right onto Wellesley St.
Parking: Faculty and visitor parking are located directly across from the main entrance and off of the library back exit. Students are required to park in the general parking lot directly off of Wellesley Street.
More info ..... Guidelines .....
Saturday, April 4h from 9:00am to 11am at:
SIMMONS COLLEGE
Park Science Building - 4th Floor
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
Rooms S182 and S119
Please arrive at 8:30 a.m.
**The entrance to the Park Science Building (where the exams will be) is on Louis Pasteur Blvd.
** Students must arrive by 8:30 for check-in registration. Only teachers are able to register up to five (5) students per school, no individual student.
At Simmons, we will be using rooms in the Science Building which is directly behind the Main College Building.
More info ..... Guidelines .....
Any questions about the details of the examination should be directed, by email to:
Alan Crosby
Newton South High School
Email: alan_crosby@newton.k12.ma.us
 
Questions relating to to registration should be directed to:
Anna Singer
NESACS Administrative Coordinator
Email: secretary@nesacs.org