“….AND THE WINNER IS….”
(LADWP 2008 SCIENCE BOWL XVI RESULTS)
North Hollywood High School Team”A” Captures Regional Title
Team Wins Trophy and Banner;
Harvard-Westlake School Places Second;
Van Nuys High School Team “A” Places Third;
Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School Team “A” Places Fourth
LOS ANGELES – Demonstrating a breathtaking grasp of advanced science, math and technology concepts, the North Hollywood High School Team “A” won first place today for the 10th time in the annual Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Science Bowl Regional Competition.
The team will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE), to represent the city of Los Angeles at the National Science Bowl May 1 – 6, 2008.
The LADWP Science Bowl is an official, regional qualifying tournament of the USDOE National Science Bowl. Subjects cover computer science, biology, physics, earth science, chemistry, astronomy, mathematics and new advances in technology. Annually, about 100 volunteers, mainly LADWP employees and their families, serve as moderators, timekeepers, and scorekeepers.
“We are proud to facilitate the Science Bowl program in Los Angeles which provides high school science students the opportunity to demonstrate their amazing knowledge and skill in complex technical fields,” said LADWP Chief Executive Officer and General Manager H. David Nahai.
Nahai added, “The North Hollywood High School Team will be a wonderful representative of Los Angeles. The students demonstrated not only tremendous team work, but also an extraordinary understanding of advanced math, science and computer subject matter.”
The runner up was the Harvard-Westlake School Team. Third place was won by Van Nuys High School. Fourth place was awarded to the Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School Team.
The competition at the National Science Bowl is expected to be challenging. A total of 67 regional finalists are expected from 40 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year, 12,000 students will participate in regional competitions.
In addition to the regular buzzer competition, the special Franklin Lu Hands-On Competition was held. The competition is named for Franklin Lu, an electrical engineer and devoted science bowl volunteer, who passed away suddenly in Nov. 2001. This year the competition involved teams building a catapult which propelled a small bag of candy toward a target. The winning teams were determined by the accuracy of the propulsion.
In this competition the team from T.C.A. Arshag Dickranian School placed first. The school was awarded the Franklin Lu Hands-On Trophy. Second place was presented to Hamilton Hight School. Third place was awarded to Louisville High School. Fourth place was won by the “B” team from Venice High School.
In addition to LADWP and the U. S. Department of Energy, regional event sponsors include the Hitachi Southern California Regional Community Action Committee, the Hitachi Foundation, the Water and Power Community Credit Union, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Gelson’s Markets, the Engineers’ Council, City National Bank, Office Depot, the Water Employees’ Club, CityView Channel 35, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
LADWP is one of only a few utilities in the nation that is a coordinating regional sponsor and host. LADWP is also involved in a number of educational partnership and community programs including the Teacher Workshops, the LA Infrastructure Academy, the Youth Service Academy, the Adopt-A-School Program and the Times in Education Program.
Further information about LADWP education programs can be received from the LADWP web site at www.ladwp.com., clicking on the Community Involvement section and then DWP in the Schools..
LADWP, the nation’s largest municipally owned utility, has provided service to city residences and businesses for more than a century.
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