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Stoller, Meadow Park teams place well at Science Bowl

Two teams from the Beaverton area were among the top finishers at the 25th-annual BPA Regional Science Bowl’s middle school competition last Saturday.

Stoller Middle School Team 1 placed third while Meadow Park Middle School Team 1 finished fourth.

The Washington Teams battled for the top two spots. Evergreen Junior High Team 1 of Redmond, Wash., claimed first place and Shahala Middle School of Vancouver grabbed second among 56 teams from both states competing at the University of Portland.

In addition to the team honors, eight competitors including two local students were named BPA Regional Science Bowl All Stars for answering the most questions correctly in the morning rounds.

The All Stars include Rupert Li of Cedar Park Middle School Team 1 and Justin Yang of Stoller Middle School.

"This exciting event not only celebrates academic skill and endeavor, but it also helps seed the development of the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists for the Northwest and the nation,” BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer said.

This year's high school competition is set for this Saturday, Feb. 6, also at University of Portland.

In addition to prestige, high school teams also are competing for more than $300,000 in scholarship opportunities at 17 regional universities and colleges. The BPA Regional Science Bowl’s sponsors also include the University of Portland, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Beaverton-based Vernier Software & Technology.