North Hollywood High School Takes Third Place at National Science Bowl
|LOS ANGELES — North Hollywood High School today won third place in the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl after a day and a half of intense competition. North Carolina School of Math and Science took first place; last year’s national champion, Mira Loma High School from Sacramento, placed second and Arcadia High School captured the fourth place trophy. Held annually in Washington, D.C., the weekend of competition included appearances by First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Team members include Shaun Mehra, Kyle Lam, Slater Victoroff, Isaac Kim and Harry Levine. Altair Maine serves as coach.
“We are very proud of the hard-working students of the North Hollywood team who demonstrated that they are not only among the best and brightest high school science scholars in Los Angeles, but in the nation as well,” said Raman Raj, Chief Operating Officer, LADWP. “These impressive young science stars have made our Department proud.”
Each member of the top four teams will receive an Nspire calculator and the top three teams’ schools will receive Texas Instruments CBL2 calculator-based laboratory systems. Also, schools will receive $1,000 for reaching the “Top 16” double elimination phase of the competition.
This marks the first 3rd place trophy for North Hollywood High, and the seventh national award overall: the team finished first in the nation in 2001 and has placed 2nd three times in addition to one 4th place and one 5th place finish over the years. To qualify for the national competition, the North Hollywood team won the 2010 LADWP Science Bowl regional competition in February, the team’s 11th regional championship in the last 12 years.
Since 1995, teams from the LADWP regional competition have among the best record of any region or state in the nation, having won a total of five national titles and placed among the top teams (1st to 5th place) ten times. Other LADWP Science Bowl regional champions who went on to capture the national title include Van Nuys High School in 1995 and Venice High School in 1996 and 1997.
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 Youth Service Academy, curriculum development projects with LAUSD, the Adopt-A-School Program and the Times in Education Program. Further information about LADWP education programs is available by visiting www.ladwp.com, clicking “Community Involvement” and then selecting “LADWP in the School” in the pull-down menu.
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