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BC team wins regional Science Bowl

Filed in BCHS, Student Spotlight by on March 8, 2018

Pictured from left to right: Coach Shawn Mowry, Liam Karl, Talia Sanders, Maggie Sui, Kevin Sui, Connor Chung & Coach Paul OReilly.

Five students representing Bethlehem Central High School have won the Regional Science Bowl and will be headed on an all-expenses paid trip to the nation’s capital for the 2018 National Science Bowl. The regional tournament, which was held March 3 at the GE Research & Development Center in Niskayuna was hosted by GE and the the Naval Nuclear Laboratory formerly known as Knolls Atomic Power Lab. The trip to the nation’s capital is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

This year at the regional competition Bethlehem’s Team 1 and Team 2 finished first in their round robin divisions.  Both made it through the single elimination playoffs to win the right to play in the championship game against each other.  This was a first for the capital region competition since never before has two teams from one school faced off against each other. Team 2 won the game in a very close match. 

Coach Paul O’Reilly stated that both of BC teams performed excellently, where Team 2 had only lost one game, Team 1 was undefeated before the final.

“It was a great day for Bethlehem high School,” said Coach O’Reilly. “The students had studied hard to get prepared for this tournament and it showed, and they should all be proud of their performances.”  

The BC Science Bowl team advancing to the national competition includes Liam Karl, Talia Sanders, Maggie Sui, Kevin Sui and Connor Chung. The team 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 26-30. Bethlehem has represented the upstate New York area 12 times since 1997 and has finished in the top sixteen in the nation four times, one of which was last year.

Learn more about the National Science Bowl competition

Congratulations to all of our Science Bowl competitors and good luck in Washington!

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