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North Hollywood High School Takes Second Place at National Science Bowl in Washington, DC

Team Wins Fifth Second Place Trophy

Caption: North Hollywood High School takes second at the 2018 National Science Bowl: (from L) head coach Altair Maine, Albert Liu, Alex Ke, Richard Shuai, Dohyun Cheon, Dominick Joo and assistant coach Leonard Soloff, assistant coach. (Photo by Jack Dempsey, National Science Bowl®, Department of Energy, Office of Science)

WASHINGTON, DC-May 1, 2018 — North Hollywood High School took second place at the national championship at the 28th Annual U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl after two days of intense competition composed of a field of 65 teams. North Hollywood High School team members include Albert Liu, Dominick Joo, Alexander Ke, Richard Shuai and Dohyun Cheon with Altair Maine and Len Soloff serving as their coaches.

Lexington High School from Massachusetts took first, Ardsley High School from New York took third place and Mira Loma High School from the Sacramento area placed fourth. 

Held annually in Washington, D.C., the weekend of competition included participation by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.  Teams also attended lectures and demonstrations from top scientists.  In addition teams were able to visit Washington, DC monuments and museums.

This marks the 12th trophy for the Los Angeles regional championship team at the National Science Bowl placing first though fifth over the 25 years of participation in the program. These trophies include four first place national wins in the past.

“This is a tremendous achievement for North Hollywood High School winning their fifth second place trophy. We are so proud of the hard working science scholars who demonstrated that they are not only among the best and brightest high school students in Los Angeles, but in the nation,” said LADWP General Manager David Wright.  “They represented our City and LADWP well, and our hats are off to these amazing students.”

As the second place winners, the North Hollywood team and coach won a seven-day science research trip to Alaska sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. Each of the top three teams also received a trophy for their schools.  The team also won $1,000 for winning their division in the preliminary Round Robin Tournament early on Sunday, April 29.

To qualify for the national competition, the North Hollywood High School team won the 2018 LADWP Science Bowl 25th Annual Regional Competition in February, the school’s team’s 19th regional title in the last 21 years.

Science Bowl is a proud LADWP tradition and example of the Department’s commitment to the Los Angeles educational community. LADWP educational programs include the Adopt-A-School Program, an electric safety program for elementary students, and the Youth Service Academy. This year LADWP is partnering with two non-profit organizations on school education programs focusing on water and energy conservation. LADWP also co-sponsored an environmental teacher institute.

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For more photos of North Hollywood at the National Science Bowl, click here.

Contact:  Ellen Cheng, LADWP Manager of Media Relations, (213) 367-1361.