Oak Ridge students Nathan Somavarapu, David Bryant, Kaythan Somavarapu and Shefali Pandya, seen here with coach Dave Warren, left to right, showed off their smarts at the Science Bowl. Courtesy photo

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Oak Ridge students get scientific at competition

By From page B8 | February 15, 2012

Oak Ridge High School reentered the Science Bowl competition this year with a strong team.

On Feb. 4 students David Bryant, Shefali Pandya, Nathan Somavarapu and Kaythan Somavarapu, along with coach/math teacher Dave Warren, battled wits against 24 other teams at the  U.S. Department of Energy sponsored the Sacramento Regional Science Bowl at Rio Americano High School.

The team — two freshman and two juniors — made it to the double elimination round at their first competition and learned how to succeed at future competitions.

The U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science including biology, chemistry, physics, math, earth and science, general science and astronomy. High school and middle school students are quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format similar to Jeopardy. Competing teams from diverse backgrounds consist of four students, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach.

DOE launched its National Science Bowl competition in 1991 to encourage high school students to excel in science and math and to pursue careers in those fields. The National Science Bowl’s high school competition now involves more than 13,000 students. The National Science Bowl is the only science competition in the United States sponsored by a federal agency.

For more information visit science.energy.gov/nsb.

Special to Village Life

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