Three Los Angeles-Area Teams Travel to Washington D.C.
|LOS ANGELES — Five-member teams from North Hollywood High School, Arcadia High School and Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies depart this week for Washington, D.C. to represent the Los Angeles area at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl annual competition program, which begins on April 29 and concludes on May 3. These bright students are set to compete in a field of 105 regional championship teams from 40 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico in the quiz show-style format featuring complex math, science and technology questions.
North Hollywood High School is the champion of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Science Bowl regional competition, covering the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District. North Hollywood will compete in the National Science Bowl as the LADWP Science Bowl regional champion for the 12th time this year. The school took the national title in 2001, has won second place trophies three times and has also received fourth and fifth place trophies.
Arcadia High School, the champion of the regional competition held at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, represents Southern California areas outside of the city and LAUSD. Teams from the JPL regional competition in the past have won one national title and one fourth place finish. Both Arcadia and North Hollywood will be competing in a field of 68 teams.
The team from Los Angeles Center of Enriched Studies won the regional middle school competition for the LA area held at California State University Los Angeles, and sponsored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. They will be competing in a field of 37 teams. In addition, the middle school teams participate in a second competition to design, build and race model solar cars.
LADWP regional championship teams have among the best records at the National Science Bowl compared to any other area or region in the nation. The teams have won four national titles and placed in the top five teams, nine of the past 14 years.
The National Science Bowl is the nation’s largest science competition and the only one sponsored by a federal agency. Since the program began in 1991 nearly 200,000 students and their teachers have participated. Annually, more than 20,000 students compete – more than 15,000 at the high school level and more than 5,000 at the middle school level.