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Gatton Academy Wins DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl

February 20, 2018

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Gatton Academy won the 2018 DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl.  Pictured (left to right): EM-PPPO’s Buz Smith, Phillip Wilkerson, Anas Gondal, Benjamin Kash, Arthur “Jack” Thacker, Ethan Brown, Coach Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, and PPPO’s Don Dihel.
Gatton Academy won the 2018 DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl. Pictured (left to right): EM-PPPO’s Buz Smith, Phillip Wilkerson, Anas Gondal, Benjamin Kash, Arthur “Jack” Thacker, Ethan Brown, Coach Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, and PPPO’s Don Dihel.
Dylan Nichols, Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership

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/.

Second-place McCracken County (left-right): Drew Schofield, Sean Sieczka, David Perriello, Katelyn Woodard, and David Dodd
Second-place McCracken County (left-right): Drew Schofield, Sean Sieczka, David Perriello, Katelyn Woodard, and David Dodd
Dylan Nichols, Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership
Third-place Calloway County (left to right): Sophia Bogard, Marshall Thompson, Joza Miklvik, Andy Hardt, and Michael Okuda
Third-place Calloway County (left to right): Sophia Bogard, Marshall Thompson, Joza Miklvik, Andy Hardt, and Michael Okuda
Dylan Nichols, Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership
McCracken County High School was first runner-up at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl. (Left to right) David Dodd, Drew Schofield, Katelyn Woodard collaborate on a science problem during the competition.
McCracken County High School was first runner-up at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl. (Left to right) David Dodd, Drew Schofield, and Katelyn Woodard collaborate on a science problem during the competition.
Dylan Nichols, Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership
PPPO Paducah Site Lead Jennifer Woodard (far left) and PPPO Manager Robert Edwards (second from right) receive a Joint Proclamation from Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless and McCracken County Judge Executive Robert Leeper designating ‘DOE Science Bowl Month.’
PPPO Paducah Site Lead Jennifer Woodard (far left) and PPPO Manager Robert Edwards (second from right) receive a Joint Proclamation from Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless and McCracken County Judge Executive Robert Leeper designating ‘DOE Science Bowl Month.’
Dylan Nichols, Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership