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Video: Mira Loma High School Named Science Bowl Grand Champion

April 28, 2014 - 6:03pm


Secretary Moniz speaks at the awards ceremony for the Energy Department's 2014 National Science Bowl. | Video by Matty Greene, Energy Department.

This weekend, middle and high school students from across the country visited Washington, D.C., for the 24th annual National Science Bowl. After a series of round robin and double elimination competitions over the weekend, the final teams went head-to-head in the final rounds at the National Building Museum this morning.

Mira Loma High School, from Sacramento, California, emerged victorious as the 2014 National Science Bowl Grand Champion. The members of the winning high school team are Daniel Shen, Arvind Sundararajan, Matt Kempster, Jack Gurev and Preethi Raju, and they are coached by James Hill. Westview High School from Portland, Oregon, came in second place.

For winning the national championship, the Mira Loma High School team will receive a nine-day science trip to Alaska. While on the trip, the students will have firsthand opportunities to learn about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology and plate tectonics. They will explore the Copper River Delta, known for its highly prized stocks and prolific runs of wild salmon; experience the mystical appeal of old-growth hemlock and spruce while hiking through the Chugach National Forest; white-water raft on the Sheridan River and travel across the scenic Prince William Sound and Orca Inlet, home to the world's largest population of sea otters. The trip also includes visits to Childs Glacier and the Alaska Wildlife Center, which is a rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned wildlife.

In the middle school competition, the Greater Boston Science & Math Team defeated the JDroids Science Club from Wayne, New Jersey. The members of the winning middle school team are Abhi Sambangi, Snigdha Allaparti, Michael Ren, Justin Chang and Alice Ren, and they are coached by Ravi Sambangi.

At the awards ceremony, Secretary Moniz discussed his own reason for pursuing a career in science and presented the winning teams with their trophies. Watch a video of the ceremony and check out photos from the event.