A high school team from Lexington, Mass., and a middle school team from Bellevue, Wash., were crowned as the winners of the Department of Energy’s 2018 National Science Bowl in their respective competitions.

The Lexington High School team included Indian American Snigdha Allaparthi, as well as Ben Choi, Derik Kauffman and Anka Hu, who bested North Hollywood High School in winning the competition.

The winning team didn’t lose a match en route to the championship, beating King High School from Corpus Christi, Texas; Redmond (Wash.) High School; Dougherty Valley High School from San Ramon, Calif.; and eventual third place finisher Ardsley (N.Y.) High School.

Meanwhile, Odle Middle School, led by Indian American coach Rina Chowdhury, went unbeaten in the middle school competition to win its championship. The team included Ishan Bansal, Eric He, Neil Chowdhury, Eric Liu and Clarence Zheng, and went unbeaten.

In claiming the championship, Odle beat Farmington, Conn.-based middle school Irving A Robbins; Ames (Iowa) Middle School; eventual third place finisher Rachel Carson Middle School from Herndon, Va.; and runner-up Windemere Ranch Middle School from San Ramon, Calif. – a second time – in the championship.

The National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Middle and high school student teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an adviser and coach. The teams face off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, energy, and math, the DOE said on its site. 

The Department of Energy 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 275,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 27-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions.

Beginning in January 2018, more than 9,000 high school students and 4,500 middle school students competed in 65 high school and 50 middle school regional Science Bowl tournaments.

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