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EM Strategic Planner Robert ‘Buz’ Smith, far left, and Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership Community Outreach Coordinator Steve Christmas, far right, present a check for $500 to this year’s West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl T-Shirt Design Contest winners. From left: Smith, Heath Middle School Science Bowl Coach Brandy Roberts, contest winners Maximilian Steger and Andrew Byrne, and Christmas. Also pictured is the mascot for the Heath Middle School Pirates team.

EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office issued challenge to design t-shirt

PADUCAH, Ky. — The winners of this year’s DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl T-shirt Design Contest celebrated “Making Breakthroughs” with their design.

Heath Middle School eighth graders Maximilian Steger and Andrew Byrne’s design will be printed on the official t-shirt given to all participating students and coaches to wear during competition. Heath Middle School received $500 for their successful efforts.

“Our kids pitch ideas for t-shirt designs during our first West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl team meetings, which is a great team building exercise,” Heath Middle School Science Bowl Coach Brandy Roberts said. “They put a lot of thought into the concepts and apply what we study to reinforce the message about science education.”

A black, white and red t-shirt design

The winning design by Heath Middle School eight graders Maximilian Steger and Andrew Byrne for the 2024 DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl t-shirt.

Local middle and high school students were given the challenge to design a t-shirt for the annual competition by EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office. The West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl attracts dozens of schools and hundreds of regional students to compete for the opportunity to advance to the national level

“The creativity from all the submissions this year was outstanding,” EM Paducah Site Lead April Ladd said. “This type of talent is an excellent example of the intersection of art and science. 

The 2024 West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl will take place in February.

-Contributor: Dylan Nichols