A few science whizzes

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By Special to the Monitor

The Los Alamos High School Science Bowl team won first place in the regional competition for the National Science Bowl, held Feb. 13, on the Albuquerque Academy campus. Thirty-four teams from Northern New Mexico high schools competed in the regional event.

Launched in 1991 and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Bowl is a highly competitive science academic event where teams of high school students compete in a fast-paced quiz bowl format to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Each team can include up to five students (with four competing at a time), and a coach.

The LAHS team captain is 10th-grader Scott Carlsten. The team members are 11th-grader Allen Wu, 10th-grader Lorenzo Venneri, 10th-graders Micha Ben-Naim and 12th-grader Miles Carlsten. The Science Bowl Team Coach is Barbara Jo Mullis and the Science Bowl Club Advisor is Julie Wangler, both science teachers for the Los Alamos Public Schools.

The LAHS championship team will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the national competition in early May in Washington, D.C. In addition to the competition, there will be several days of science activities and sightseeing.

This is the first time since 1994 that a team from Los Alamos High School will go to the national competition.  

Additional Los Alamos high school students who participated in the regional science competition are:11th-grader Matthew Schauer, 11th-grader Alison Mercer-Smith, ninth-grader Naftali Burakovsky and ninth-grader Rohun Iyer.