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Amarillo Students Win Regional National Science Bowl Competition, Secure Spot in National Finals in Washington, D.C.

February 24, 2016

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The team from Amarillo's Ascension Academy won $1,000 for the school science department and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. and the national competition

More than 200 students from 25 Middle and Junior High schools across the Texas Panhandle gathered together for a meeting and competition of the minds: Science Bowl 2016.

Set up like a game show with buzzers, toss up and bonus questions, these groups of 4 students with one substitute, were challenged by the questions and their counterparts at the Pantex Regional Middle School Science Bowl at West Texas A&M University.

The questions were based on subjects from life science, physical science, earth and space science, energy and mathematics… and these questions weren’t typical of what your mom and dad learned in school. Each round consisted of a moderator, timekeeper, rules judge and science judge in case questions and answers were challenged. All in all, a very serious competition based in the world of science and math.

Ascension Academy took home top honors, winning $1,000 for their science department and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. and the national competition.

Borger Middle School Team Red earned $500 for their school by garnering second place  and St. Andrews Episcopal School Team Red placed third, earning $250.

Pantex, which had about 100 volunteers staffing the event, has sponsored the regional competitions for more than 20 years with a goal to educate students.