Jefferson Lab Welcomes Back Virginia High School Teams to the 19th Annual Science Bowl Competition

  • First Place - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria)
  • Second Place - Langley High School (McLean)
  • Third Place - Governor’s School for Science and Technology (Hampton)

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Jefferson Lab hosted high school teams from across the Commonwealth for the regional STEM-intensive Science Bowl competition

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On Saturday morning, 15 high school teams from across the Commonwealth piled into the Jefferson Lab atrium for the 19th annual regional Science Bowl. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Science Bowl competition encourages students to excel in math and science, and to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

The teams face off in an intense question-and-answer format, where contestants are rapidly quizzed on their knowledge of math and a range of science disciplines, including Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics and Energy.

“The amount of intellect and talent students from across the Commonwealth possess is staggering,” says science education team member, Jalyn Dio. “I was speechless after watching the last round, not only because of the question difficulty, but also the speed at which the contestants answered them.”

In order of top placement, the winning teams are:

  • First Place - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria)
  • Second Place - Langley High School (McLean)
  • Third Place - Governor’s School for Science and Technology (Hampton)
  • Fourth Place - Hampton Roads Academy (Newport News)

The top four teams were awarded a team trophy, and the top three teams were given cash prizes. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology also won an expenses-paid trip to the National Science Bowl® finals to be held in Washington, D.C., April 30-May 4, 2020.

Two of the top placing teams were from the Hampton Roads area.

The participating teams were as follows:

  • Centreville High School (Clifton)
  • Charles J Colgan High School (Manassas)
  • Charlottesville High School (Charlottesville)
  • Governor's School for Science and Technology (Hampton)
  • Hampton Roads Academy (Newport News)
  • Isle of Wight Academy (Isle of Wight)
  • Langley High School (McLean)
  • Madison High School (Vienna)
  • Norfolk Collegiate School (Norfolk)
  • Patrick Henry High School (Ashland)
  • Patriot High School (Nokesville)
  • T.C. Williams High School (Alexandria)
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria)
  • Warwick High School (Newport News)
  • Yorktown High School (Arlington)

It definitely reaffirms a feeling of hope for the future of science and math. These students are the next mathematicians and scientists,” Dio says.

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl® and sponsors the NSB finals competition. 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.

Contact: Rebecca Duckett, duckett@jlab.org, (757) 269-6809

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Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, a joint venture of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. and PAE, manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

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, visit https://energy.gov/science.