Regional bowl winner bests 67 teams in Washington, D.C., competition

A team from Westview High School emerged from the Bonneville Power Administration's Regional Science Bowl to place second in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl held April 24-28 in Washington, D.C.

Comprising students Abhijit Mudigonda, Eddie Wang, Vincent Zhuang, Chris Younkins and David Wang, the Westview team bested 67 other teams to make it to the finals in the National Building Museum where the team narrowly lost to three-time champion Mira Loma High School of Sacramento, Calif.

The bowl brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country in a fast-paced question-and-answer competition over four days. Each team includes four students, an alternate and a coach. In the quiz-show-style competition, students answer multiple choice and short answer questions that test their knowledge in many scientific disciplines, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, energy, mathematics, physics, earth science, computer and general science.

Along with the Science Infinity Club of Bellevue, Wash., which finished fourth in the bowl's middle school competition, Westview's team advanced to the national competition after winning the 23rd annual BPA Regional Science Bowl in Portland on Feb. 1.

For its second place finish, the Westview team wins a five-day guided tour of Great Salt Lake Park, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. And both Westview and Science Infinity Club also win $1,000 for their school's science department.

"This is great news for these students, their schools and our region," says BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "Westview and the Science Infinity Club exemplify a commitment to science and learning that everyone in the Northwest should be extremely proud of."

Westview earned its trip to nationals after besting a field of 72 teams at the regional competition.

Sponsored by the University of Portland, Google, Drexel University Online and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc., the BPA bowl brings more than 600 students from public and private schools in western Washington and western and central Oregon competing for a berth in the National Science Bowl.

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