Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology of Alexandria placed first among 16 teams who competed at the 2019 Virginia Regional Science Bowl Competition at Jefferson Lab on Saturday, Feb. 2.
NEWPORT NEWS, VA -- The winning team of the 2019 Virginia Regional High School Science Bowl competition is Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology of Alexandria. Langley High School from McLean and Centreville High School from Clifton placed second and third, respectively. Patriot High School from Nokesville placed fourth. The competition was held at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility on Feb. 2.
“It was an intense competition this year, with several teams performing exceptionally well in the morning rounds,” said Steve Gagnon, a Jefferson Lab Science Education staff member and the lead organizer of the event. “In the afternoon double-elimination tournament, Thomas Jefferson High School emerged victorious with a perfect record for the event. This is the eighteenth straight year that the school has won the regional competition and moved on to the finals.”
Thomas Jefferson High School will represent the Virginia region in the National Science Bowl® finals to be held in Washington, D.C., April 25–29. The team will compete in the academic competition and will also attend presentations by well-known scientists on current topics in math and the sciences. In addition to an all-expenses-paid trip to the competition, the winning school also received a trophy and $750 for its programs, and Patriot High School from Nokesville received a trophy for placing fourth.
The second place team, Langley High School from McLean, and third place team, Centreville High School from Clifton, also received a trophy each, as well as $500 and $300, respectively, for their school programs.
Teams from 16 Virginia high schools competed in the 2019 competition, including four teams representing Hampton Roads: Bishop Sullivan Catholic High, Hickory High School, Isle of Wight Academy and New Horizons Governor’s School for Science and Technology.
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl® and sponsors the NSB finals competition. The competition, which is meant to encourage students to excel in math and science and to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, has taken place annually since 1991.
Since its inception, more than 290,000 middle and high school students have participated in tournaments around the country. In 2019, 65 high school and 50 middle school teams will receive trips to compete for the national title.
The Department of Energy'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.
To learn more about DOE's National Science Bowl competition, visit: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/
For sample sets of questions and answers that have been used in previous competitions, visit: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/regional-competitions/resources/
Contact: Lauren Hansen, Jefferson Lab Communications Office, 757-269-7689, email@example.com