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Mountain View High School wins BPA Regional Science Bowl for second year
2/4/2013 12:00 AM
First Place: Mountain View, Team 1, Vancouver, Washington (
left to right)
Alison Nightingale, coach
Portland, Ore. – Mountain View High School Team 1 of Vancouver, Wash., finished in first place Saturday in the high school division of the BPA Regional Science Bowl. It was the second straight year that a team from Mountain View had won the competition. Catlin Gabel High School Team 1 and Jesuit High School Team 1, both of Portland, came in second and third place, respectively.
With 130 teams representing western Washington and central and western Oregon in the high school and middle school divisions, the competition at the University of Portland is the largest regional science bowl in the nation.
“This year, it felt like we knew what we’re doing,” said Rohith Nagari, a senior at Mountain View and the captain of the team. He added that team relied more heavily on the particular strengths of individual members as it proceeded through the rounds of competition.
Mountain View High School will now move on to compete, all expenses paid, at the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 25 to 29.
Also advancing to the national competition is Team Atom of Bellevue, Wash., which finished in first place Jan. 26 in the middle school division of the BPA Regional Science Bowl.
“I can’t really believe we’re going on to nationals,” said Patrick Wang, the captain of Team Atom and an eighth grader at Odle Middle School in Bellevue. “Our team is pretty strong, but I think we need more work to compete at nationals.”
Stoller Middle School Team 2 and Oregon Episcopal School Team 1, both of Portland, came in second and third place, respectively, at the middle school competition.
The BPA Regional Science Bowl, which began in 1992, is one component of the Bonneville Power Administration’s community and education program, and evidence of its commitment to encourage education in science, technology, engineering and math.
The event relies heavily on volunteer efforts with more than 165 people showing up over the two weekends to lend a hand. The volunteers included BPA employees, contract employees and retirees, as well as those from Oregon Health & Science University, the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon and Washington State University.
The BPA Regional Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Portland, Alstom Grid and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc.
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