PADUCAH, Ky.—Four students from the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Ky., recently competed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® in Washington, D.C.
The competition is one of the country’s largest and most prestigious science competitions, having hosted as many as 275,000 students in its 27-year history. From January to March, more than 14,000 middle- and high school students competed in regional science competitions in order to qualify for the national competition. One hundred ten regional competitions were hosted nationwide.
While Lexington High School from Massachusetts prevailed in this year’s finals, Gatton team members said the challenge of competing at such a high level was rewarding in itself. In addition to the tournament, the Science Bowl offers students the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers and tour the nation’s capital.
“I loved being able to meet other high school students from all over the country who share a similar love for science, while also getting to explore Washington D.C.,” Gatton Academy team captain Ethan Brown said. “Thank you, DOE and the Office of Science, for putting on such a fantastic competition that really makes an impact on every student who gets the opportunity to compete.”
This is the fourth consecutive year Gatton Academy has competed in the late-April national event after they won the West Kentucky Regional competition in February, and the tenth consecutive year that DOE’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) has helped send students to compete in Washington, D.C.
“The DOE Science Bowl experience prepares our high school students for opportunities and careers in science, technology and engineering anywhere in the world,” said Jennifer Woodard, Paducah Site Lead for PPPO. “DOE’s investment of time and resources in our local students will benefit DOE, DOE contractors and our local communities.”
DOE’s Office of Science manages the NSB Finals competition. More information is available at www.science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.