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Events & Awards

The American Chemistry Society's Poetry Competition:  2019-2020


 Laura Almada: 2nd Place - 6th - 9th grade category. Congratulations.

James Klopfenstein: Honorable Mention - 6th - 9th grade category. 

Athena Nastasia: 1st Place (3rd - 5th over all grade category - poem was submitted for judging in the National Contest - did not place in the 3rd-5th grade category National Contest) 
Congratulations for taking first place for the Central Arizona section and keep up the talent and inspirations for the Illustrated Poetry Contest in April.

Kadyn Hysong: 2nd Place - 3rd - 5th grade category - 

Campbell Reader: 3rd Place - 3rd - 5th grade category - 

Alexa King and Isabella Maxie: Honorable Mention - 3rd - 5th grade category. 



This year's theme was "Sticking with Chemistry"

On May 2nd the Creative Writing classes from 4th, 5th, and 6th grades will have the honor of presenting our Arizona Centennial poems to Governor Jan Brewer at the state capitol. Each of the 30 students wrote a poem about Arizona, describing its beauty and uniqueness, and each of the students has been invited for a “Meet and Greet” with the governor. What a marvelous opportunity for our Benchmark students to be able to meet our state’s top executive, and to receive this recognition of their work.

Benchmark Writers Sweet Success!


Recently, writers from 4th- 6th grade submitted entries in the Regional American Chemical Society contest. The theme for the National Chemistry Week illustrated poem was

"The Sweet Side of Chemistry


The winners were: 


In the 3rd -5th grade Category:

1st Place Sofie and  Cameron

2nd Place Kennan

3rd Place (tie) Hanna & Brynley


Honorable Mention:









In the 6th-8th grade Category:

1st Place Shayna

3rd Place (tie) Aiden  & Tara


Honorable Mention:





Sofie and Shayna's first place entries have been sent to Washington DC to compete in the National American Chemical Society Contest.  Good luck Sofie and Shayna! Congratulations to all the winners.

                             2018-2019 NCW Illustrated Poetry Contest Winners
A special congratulations to Henry, her poem will be sent to the National Office for competition.
Grade 6
1st place   Demi
2nd place  Rachel
3rd Place   Sophia
Honorable Mention   Lindsay
Grade 5
1st place   Henry
2nd place  Camden
3rd place   Ava
Grade 4
1st place   James
2nd place   Arielle
Grade 3
1st place   Isabella