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May 1, 2012 > Hopkins wins National Championship!

Hopkins wins National Championship!

Submitted By Shelley Martin

Teams from both Hopkins Junior High School and Irvington High School successfully competed in the National Science Bowl to become semifinalists. The National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that test's student's knowledge in all areas of science. Teams are quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format similar to that of the TV show Jeopardy. Teams are composed of four or five students and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach.

The Irvington High School, a first-time competitor in the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., was among only 69 high school teams to advance to the national competition by emerging as winner of a regional science bowl competition. As a regional science bowl champion, the team enjoyed an all expense paid trip to the nation's capital. All qualifying teams bring home a cash award of $1,000 to their school science department.

Although Irvington was unable to continue its run to the "Sweet 16," Hopkins persevered to become one of the "Great Eight" contestants from an original field of 44 middle school teams from across the country.

As one of the eight finalist teams, Hopkins had already won $1,000 for their school science department when it moved on to win the national middle school championship! As the tournament's winning team, the Hopkins team received a trophy for their school and a Texas Instrument Scientific Calculator for each team member.

Photo Caption: Brian Tseng, Catherine Zeng, Karthik Bharathala, and Dhruv Muley representing Team Hopkins Junior High School bring home championship honors in the 2012 National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

Photograph by Jack Dempsey, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science

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