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Science Bowl team scores top win at nationals

Filed in Archive by on May 22, 2017

Pictured left to right: Wenyuan Hou (captain), Shamanth Murundi, Bowen Chen, Denali Relles, and Eliot Shekhtman.

Congratulations to the BCHS Science Bowl team for its outstanding results at the National Science Bowl held recently in Washington, DC. The team finished among the top 16 teams in the United States and won a $1,000 prize for the high school science program.

The National Science Bowl® (NSB) is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school and middle school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all areas of science and math.

The Science Bowl team includes seniors Wenyuan Hou, Bowen Chen, Shamanth Murundi and juniors Eliot Shekhtman and Denali Relles. The team was accompanied by their coach, Paul O’Reilly.

According to Coach O’Reilly, the same team represented the middle school four years ago.

“I am very proud of this team,” said O’Reilly. “The seniors have been excellent role models for younger students. They have welcomed underclassmen and practiced with them during club meetings.”

O’Reilly said senior Wenyuan (Roger) Hou has been instrumental in leadership of the team since middle school.

“I have been a part of the Science Bowl team for seven years,” said Hou. “I was thrilled with how well we did at the National Science Bowl this year.”

Hou, a Presidential Scholarship semifinalist and National Merit finalist, will attend Princeton University in the fall to study engineering. He is also a member of the BCHS boys’ tennis team and competes in the Science Olympiad.

Hou and his teammates earned the all-expenses paid trip to compete in Washington after winning the regional Science Bowl earlier this year. In addition to competing, the team took part in several days of science activities, sightseeing, and cutting-edge science seminars over the course of several days, April 27-May 1.

Senior Shamanth Murundi said Science Bowl has, among other things, given him a unique opportunity to showcase his scientific knowledge.

“In school, tests are often the only way to demonstrate what you know,” said Murundi. “A quiz bowl separates those who can cram information and write it down and those who really understand and love science and can recall it quickly.

“My teammates are also my closest friends so it was awesome spending a fun filled week with them in DC,” said Murundi.

Murundi, who also plays tennis and is a member of the school’s Masterminds and Science Olympiad teams, will attend Stony Brook University as a biomedical engineering major with an eye on a career in medicine.

Senior Bowen Chen, who is also active participant in music groups like Jazztic Measures and student government at BCHS, has been involved in Science Bowl since the seventh grade.

“I like the competitive nature of the game,” said Chen. “It encourages young students to get involved in science.”

Chen will attend Brown University in the fall where he plans on studying biochemistry/molecular biology and visual arts.

“The leadership of these seniors has brought in talented students to take their place next year,” said Coach O’Reilly. “I predict we will finish as one of the top teams in next year’s  Capital Region Science Bowl, with maybe even another trip to Washington.”

Congratulations to the Science Bowl team and Coach O’Reilly!

students pose in front of US Capitol

In 2013, the same team poses in front of the U.S. Capitol.