Science Bowl team defends title

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Editor’s note: Due to a source error, the wrong photo and story about the Los Alamos High School Science Bowl team was submitted to the Los Alamos Monitor Thursday.

For the third year in a in a row, the Los Alamos High School Science Bowl team won first place in the Regional Science Bowl March 4 on the Albuquerque Academy campus. Approximately 34 teams from New Mexico high schools competed in the regional event.
Launched in 1991, the Science Bowl is a competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Each team is composed of four students plus an alternate.
The LAHS team captain is senior Scott Carlsten. Team members are seniors Lorenzo Venneri and Micha Ben-Naim, junior Kevin Gao and freshman Alexandr Wang. Team coach is Paolo Venneri and the Science Bowl Club advisor is LAHS science teacher Kathy Boerigter. Carlsten, Venneri and Ben-Naim, have been on the winning team each year since 2010.
The LAHS championship team will receive an all-expense-paid trip to compete at the National Science Bowl April 25-30, 2012. The national event in Washington, D.C. is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and will include several days of science activities, sightseeing and competitions. Teams will participate in cutting-edge science seminars and hands-on science activities.
Steven Chu, U.S. secretary of energy, traditionally speaks at the closing event of the competition.
This is the third time since 1994 that the Los Alamos High School team has won the Regional Science Bowl competition. Additional Los Alamos high school students who participated in the Regional competition are: seniors Megan Kelley, and Rohan Iyer; junior Aaron Bao; and freshmen Daniel Ben-Naim; Alex Swart; Colin Reman; Willie Zhao; and  Sam Sherrill.