In the News: Calloway County High School student wins first-place in CCEW Illustrated Poem Contest

Kerrigan McManus, a student at Calloway County High School, recently won the first-place national award among high schoolers participating in this year’s Chemists Celebrate Earth Week Illustrated Poem Contest.  This year’s contest theme was “The Buzz About Bugs: Insect Chemistry.”

The Murray Ledger and Times recently featured Kerrigan’s win.  Read the article here.

Congratulations Kerrigan!


Chemists Celebrate Earth Week April 18-24th

“Reducing Our Footprint with Chemistry”

For years, chemists have promoted a better world through recyclable plastics, cleaner-burning fuels, phosphate-free detergents, environmental monitoring and green chemistry initiatives. Each year, the American Chemical Society highlights these initiatives and chooses a specific theme to help focus the observance of Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW). This year’s theme is, “Reducing Our Footprint Through Chemistry”.

K-12 Poetry Contest

One activity in the Chemists Celebrate Earth Week program is the national illustrated poem contest for students in grades K-12. The poems, which are judged based upon relevance to and incorporation of the yearly theme, can be any style including: haiku, limerick, ode, ABC poem, free verse, end rhyme, blank verse and sonnet; but no longer than 40 words.


K-12 students are invited to submit illustrated poems directly via the new online submission form. 

Student Submission Deadline: Sunday, April 25, 2021

First-place winners in each of the national contest’s grade categories will win $300. Second place winners in each grade category will win $150.

Questions about submitting an entry?

Contact: Dr. Bommanna Loganathan, CCEW Coordinator, KLS-ACS. Phone: 270-809-3044

In the News: Dr. Bommanna Loganathan wins prestigious Volunteer Service Award

Dr. Bommanna Loganathan was recognized at the SERMACS 2019 Awards Luncheon as the winner of the E. Ann Nalley Regional Award for Volunteer Service to the ACS. The award, instituted in 2006 by ACS Past President E. Ann Nalley, recognizes the volunteer efforts of individuals who have contributed significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society through their regional activities.

Currently, Dr. Loganathan serves as the Kentucky Lake Section (KLS) Alternate Councilor and Chair of the Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) committee. He has been influential in promoting the ACS illustrated poem contest, in which this year’s regional K-2nd grade first place winner advanced to the national level contest and won first place.

Dr. Loganathan is an ACS Fellow and an ACS Chemistry Ambassador. He has served on the KLS executive committee, and in 2014 he was instrumental in establishing Eddyville, Kentucky as a National Historic Chemical Landmark because of the Kelly Pneumatic Iron Process.

Dr. Loganathan is currently a Professor of Environmental and Analytical Chemistry at Murray State University in Kentucky.

Congratulations to Dr. Loganathan for this much deserved honor!