Monday, January 30, 2012
With their coach, Robert Spira, are the Ward Melville High School students who placed first in the Regional Science Bowl at Brookhaven Laboratory: (from left) team captain Jack Zhou, Ariel Yang, Harrison Li, Eidan Jacob, and Daniil Lukin.
Written by Natalie Crnosija
Ward Melville High School placed first in the Regional Science Bowl at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, edging out Great Neck South High School, which placed second after a nail-biting finale. Farmingdale High School placed third and Half Hollow Hills High School West placed fourth. Twenty Long Island high schools participated in the January 28 competition, which was sponsored by Brookhaven Science Associates.
The competition followed a round-robin format in the morning, allowing the teams to compete in four divisions. In the afternoon, division winners faced off in a double-elimination series.
The Regional Science Bowl at Brookhaven Lab is part of the National Science Bowl® competition coordinated by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Since its inception in 1991, more than 150,000 high school students have participated in the “Jeopardy”-style contest. Students participating in the competition are encouraged to excel in science and math and to pursue careers in those fields.
Regional champions Ward Melville won $500 and an invitation to participate in the National Science Bowl®, which will be held in Washington, DC, on April 26 – April 30, 2012. The second, third, and fourth-place teams won $250, $125 and $100, respectively. All students received a Science Bowl T-shirt.
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