Los Alamos Middle School Science Bowl Team Wins First Place In 2024 Regional National Science Bowl Competition

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Albuquerque AcademyAmelia DolejsiLAMS Science Bowl team 1 members, from left, Rafa Rocha, Aven Heavner, Kevin Zou, Julia Zou and Amelia Dolejsi took first place in the New Mexico Regional Science Bowl and will be advancing to the National Finals. Courtesy/LAPS

AmericaAmy Bartlett-GauntLAMS sent 15 students to the 2024 Regional Science Bowl. All three teams advanced to the afternoon ‘Double Elimination’ rounds. Competitors, from left, Michelle Lo, Maia Warren, Rafa Rocha, Julia Neale, Leah Herrera, Sean Lo, Amy Bartlett-Gaunt (coach), Kevin Zou, Eric Brown, Aven Heavner, Julia Zou, Amelia Dolejsi, Cameron Davis, Haley Bishofberger, Lucia Rudin and Emily Lueninghoener. Courtesy/LAPS

LAMS News:

Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) Science Bowl team members Amelia Dolejsi, Aven Heavner, Rafa Rocha, Julia Zou and Kevin Zou continued the schools’ winning tradition by taking first place in the regional competition for the 2024 National Science Bowl® (NSB) held recently at Albuquerque Academy. This is the 5th year in a row that LAMS has won the regional competition.

They will be headed to Washington, D.C. in April for the national competition https://science.osti.gov/wdts/nsb.

LAMS sent three teams to the competition. All three teams advanced to the afternoon “Double Elimination” rounds. “My ‘Team 1’ was the winning team and was undefeated throughout the day’s matches,” Science Bowl Coach Amy Bartlett-Gaunt said. “I am so proud of everyone’s accomplishments in this competition. They are amazing!”

LAMS Team 2 members are Eric Brown, Leah Herrera, Julia Neale, Lucia Rudin and Maia Warren. Team 3 members are Haley Bishofberger, Cameron Davis, Michelle Lo, Sean Lo and Emily Lueninghoener.

“Every year this ‘competition like no other’ brings together some of the most remarkable and inspiring students from across America,” said DOE Office of Science Director Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, adding, “and I would like to congratulate the Los Alamos Middle School team as they advance to the National Finals! Good luck to you – our future scientists, visionaries, and leaders!”

The NSB brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space sciences, physics, and math.

The top two middle and high school teams will win $5000 for their schools’ math and science departments. Other schools placing in the top 16 in the National Finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. 

The winning team from each qualifying regional competition will be eligible to compete in the National Finals held in Washington, D.C., from April 25 – 29, 2024, with all expenses paid. The national event consists of several days of science activities and sightseeing, along with the competitions.

Today, the NSB annually draws more than 10,000 middle and high school competitors. Since the first competition in 1991, approximately 344,000 students have faced off in the National Science Bowl® Finals. The knowledge that former competitors have acquired and, more importantly, the collaborative skills and study habits that they learned along the way have led them to successes in a variety of fields. Many have become researchers; others are science and math professors.

The 2024 competitors will follow in the footsteps of previous National Science Bowl® contestants and will blaze a trail for students in science, math, and engineering.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit https://www.energy.gov/science.

The High School Regional Science Bowl will be held March 2.

Asmeret Asefaw BerhecoachBanners from past championships are displayed in the LAMS lobby. Courtesy/LAPS

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