Earlier today, students from Sacramento’s Mira Loma High School took home the 2013 National Science Bowl first-place trophy with a close win over North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. The two teams were neck-and-neck throughout the tense double-elimination round of the high school finals -- and Mira Loma pulled ahead seconds before the clock ran out by correctly answering a complicated medical question about damaged cranial nerves.
The Mira Loma team includes seniors Saaket Agrawal and Siddarth Trehan, sophomore Daniel Chen and freshman Jack Gurev. Between the four of them, the team is already contributing to diagnostic cancer research and teaching chemistry to other students in their spare time. This is Mira Loma’s third win at the National Science Bowl.
The middle school winners of this year’s championship round are a group of eighth graders from Carmel, Indiana’s Creekside Middle School, who won a tough battle over a team of seventh and eighth graders from Takoma Park Middle School of Silver Spring, MD.
And while this morning’s opening remarks were filled with science and math jokes -- including a few references to fictional theoretical physicist Dr. Sheldon Cooper from the CBS TV show The Big Bang Theory, the competition itself was no joke. Teams trained for months to be one of the regional champions who came to D.C. to compete in the National Science Bowl Finals for big prizes -- including $1,000 for their high school science department and an Alaskan science adventure that would make any biology fan jealous.
As Acting Secretary of Energy Poneman said, these remarkable students represent America’s future in science, technology and engineering. Though the competition has officially ended, expect to hear more from them as they go on to become leaders of the next generation of innovators.
Congratulations to the winners, and a round of applause to every team that competed in this year’s National Science Bowl.