PADUCAH, Ky. -- Gatton Academy of Bowling Green won the 10th Annual U.S. Department of Energy West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl on Friday, Feb. 16.
The five-member Gatton Academy high school team will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Finals of the DOE National Science Bowl® April 26-30.
Competitors in the all-day Science Bowl tournament, a quick-recall, fast-paced question-and-answer contest, were quizzed on their knowledge of biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics, energy, and mathematics.
“Thank you to DOE and everyone who supports students in STEM,” said Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, Gatton Academy coach. “We also want to thank all of the great teams we got to meet today. It was a wonderful day of competition and fun.”
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
McCracken County High School finished second, and Calloway County High School finished third in the regional competition. Other high schools competing at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering-Paducah Campus at West Kentucky Community and Technical College were Ballard Memorial, Cairo Junior/Senior High, Graves County, Madisonville North Hopkins, Marshall County, Massac County, Paducah Tilghman, PATCH Homeschool Group, and Union County High School.
“The opportunities that DOE provides are incredible and being able to compete at the science bowl every year for the past six years has been phenomenal,” said Ethan Brown, former McCracken County High School senior now attending Gatton Academy. “Although at times the matches can be stressful, being able to compete with students all across the state can be exciting.”
The event is sponsored and organized by employees and contractors from DOE’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO). More than 100 volunteers serve as moderators, judges, technical advisors, and score keepers. DOE’s Office of Science manages the NSB Finals competition.
More information is available on the NSB website: http://www.science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.