Pictured left to right: Denali Relles, Eliot Shekhtman, Wenyuan Hou (captain), Shamanth Murundi, Coach Paul O’Reilly and Bowen Chen.
Five students representing Bethlehem Central High School have won the Regional National Science Bowl and will be headed on an all-expenses paid trip to the nation’s capital for the 2017 National Science Bowl. The regional tournament, which was held March 4 at the GE Research & Development Center in Niskayuna was hosted by GE and the Knolls Atomic Power Lab. The trip to the nation’s capital is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
A second Bethlehem team finished third overall in regional competition.
The BC Science Bowl team advancing to the national competition includes Wenyuan Hou, Bowen Chen, Eliot Shekhtman, Denali Relles, and Shamanth Murundi who, along with Coach Paul O’Reilly, will travel to Washington D.C. to compete against up to 60 of the best teams from across the country at the tournament which takes place April 27-May 1. Bethlehem has represented the upstate New York area 12 times since 1997.
Coach Paul O’Reilly said Science Bowl is a competition like College Bowl but with only questions on science.
“The teams usually meet twice a week to study and practice competing. Each student is assigned and area to become the ‘expert’ for the group,” said Coach O’Reilly. “They often borrow or buy college textbooks and seek out knowledgeable people or teachers to help understand difficult concepts.
“The competition gives them a direct application of knowledge which increases motivation to learn,” he said.
Congratulations to all of our Science Bowl competitors and good luck in Washington!