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February 7, 2012 > Irvington High School wins California Regional High School Science Bowl

Irvington High School wins California Regional High School Science Bowl

Submitted By U.S. Department of Energy, Photo courtesy of Ray Ng

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and California Congressman Pete Stark announced that Irvington High School in Fremont recently won the Sandia National Laboratories - CA Regional High School Science Bowl. Irvington High School competed against 24 other teams from across the state in one of the nation's regional competitions of the 22nd Annual U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl, and is now eligible to compete in the National Finals in Washington, D.C., at the end of April. The National Science Bowl brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, astronomy, and math.

"Congratulations to the students at Irvington High School - some of America's future leaders in the science, technology, engineering and math fields," said Energy Secretary Chu. "Through the National Science Bowl, we're challenging today's students and ensuring that America stays competitive in a rapidly advancing world."

"Winning the California Regional Science Bowl is a great accomplishment for the students, teachers, and parents at Irvington High School - and for the community as a whole," said Congressman Stark. "I'm thrilled that these future scientific leaders from Irvington will represent California in the Finals in Washington and I look forward to a strong showing."

Over the next several months, more than 9,000 high school students and 4,500 middle school students will compete in 69 high school and 45 middle school regional Science Bowl tournaments. Students, in teams of four or five, compete in a fast-paced Jeopardy-style format where they solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Most teams are coached by teachers from the students' schools and spend several months preparing for the regional competitions. Many states have one regional or statewide Science Bowl competition, while larger states, such as California and Texas, hold several regional competitions across their states.

Irvington High School competed against 24 other teams in California. Students from Irvington High School will be awarded an all-expense paid trip to the National Finals in Washington, D.C., which are scheduled for April 26-30. The regional tournaments, which host 15-50 teams, are sponsored by federal agencies, national laboratories, institutions of education, and non-profit organizations. More information about these events is available on the National Science Bowl website:

The Department of Energy (DOE) created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. More than 200,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 21 year history, and it is the nation's largest science competition. DOE's Office of Science manages the competition.

Photo Caption: (Left to right) Irvington High School team members Aileen Cheng, Anthony Ma, Irving Hsu, Andrew Wang, Arjun Lakshmipathy, and Coach Mr. Alex Lee, celebrate their regional Science Bowl win.

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