Source: The Oak Ridger | February 27, 2019
A team of students from Oak Ridge High School won the Department of Energy Tennessee Science Bowl last weekend.
After months of training, studying and improving their competition skills, 55 high school teams from across the state gathered at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County campus to test their knowledge in broad science disciplines, including chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics and energy.
By winning the state Science Bowl, the ORHS team has won an all-expenses-paid trip to the DOE National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., to be held April 25-29, as well as a $1,000 cash prize and a first-place trophy.
The Tennessee Science Bowl is the nation’s third largest regional competition. The regional bowl prepares students to compete nationally with other exceptional students from schools across the country, according to a news release from Oak Ridge Associated Universities, one of the major sponsors.
Cash prizes and trophies were also awarded to the following schools:
‒ Maryville High School, for second place, $750;
‒ White Station High School, for third place, $500; and
‒ Cookeville High School, for fourth place, $250.
The Civility Award, given each year to the team with the best sportsmanship throughout the competition, was awarded to Dobyns-Bennett High School. That team won $100 and a trophy.
“For these students, whether competing in the Tennessee Science Bowl or nationally in DOE’s National Science Bowl, it is not just about winning,” DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory Site Office Manager Johnny Moore stated in the release. “These teams are demonstrating that their passion for the sciences is a commitment, and their dreams of future careers in science will soon be realized. In fact, many of these students will go on to become our country’s science and technology leaders, and that’s something DOE strongly believes is worth investing in.”
Other major sponsors of the Tennessee Science Bowl include the Department of Energy-Office of Science, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, and Pellissippi State.