LA students capture Science Bowl

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Education > Group will head to Washington for national competition

By The Staff

U. S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced on Monday that a team of students from Los Alamos High School will join other teams from around the nation at the 2014 National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.
“The National Science Bowl challenges students to excel and heightens their interest in fields vital to America’s continued scientific advancement,” Moniz said. “Congratulations to these students for advancing to the National Finals. I wish them the best of luck.”
Los Alamos, coached by LAHS chemistry teacher Kathy Boerigter, was very excited for her team. She said, “The team was amazing. They studied like crazy and practiced for weeks.” She added, “And wouldn’t you know it. They had to beat their arch rival Albuquerque Academy to advance to nationals.”
Members of the team included Katherine Wang, Wilbur Wang, Alex Swart, Willie Zhao and Alex Wang.
Science Bowl teams compete in a series of head-to-head competitions against other school districts in the region. Teams are questioned in a rapid recall format about earth, space, energy, physics, chemistry, biology and math.
During the course of the competition, the Los Alamos team faced off against teams from Ruidoso and Onåte before dropping a very narrow contest to Albuquerque Academy. Los Alamos fought its way through the losers’ Bracket to again face Albuquerque Academy in the final round. Boerigter described the day stating “Once we started winning, we won everything. We beat teams soundly.”
But, because of the earlier loss to Academy, Los Alamos had to beat Academy twice in the championship round. Boerigter said, “Every question was exciting. You could feel the tension. We were really happy to have won and are very proud to represent Los Alamos in the National Science Bowl Finals.”
In addition to New Mexico, 10 other states qualified regional winners that will advance to nationals this past Saturday. Regional winners advance to Washington, D.C. to the National Finals held from April 24-28.
Los Alamos parents and community members, meanwhile, are invited to the State Legislature on Thursday, Friday and Tuesday. Events that honor teachers and/or students from Los Alamos will be held in the State Capital Roundhouse Rotunda.
Los Alamos teachers of English Language Learners, along with bilingual teachers from around the state, will be recognized by the State Legislature for their work students with who are learning the English language. As a special feature, Los Alamos Public Schools will be presented the 2014 Title III Incentive Award during Bilingual Day at the State Legislature. Los Alamos teachers will be recognized in a ceremony that begins at 1: p.m.
Nine Los Alamos teachers, who recently received National Board Certified Teacher status, will join with their National Board Certified Teacher peers from around the state at a ceremony that is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Roundhouse.
On Tuesday, Advanced Placement LAHS students and AP teachers from Los Alamos will be presented the 2014 AP District Honor Roll Award. Los Alamos is the first school district in New Mexico history to receive this national award, which will be presented at 10 a.m. in the Roundhouse Rotunda. Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, Senators Richard Martinez and Carlos Cisneros will be on hand to congratulate teachers and students. Governor Susana Martinez and Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera may also attend this event.