Team from Paschal advances to National Science Bowl finals

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Five budding scientists from Paschal High School are headed to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals of the National Science Bowl.

The team won the North Texas High School Science Bowl on March 9, earning an expenses-paid trip to the finals April 25-29.

Members of the winning team are captain and science club President Dominic Yurk and students Abrahim Sharaf, Erik Nguyen, Wyatt Reeves and Edward Nguyen.

The event was sponsored by the University of Texas at Arlington and the Chinese Institute of Engineers.

Launched in 1991, the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl is open to middle and high school students to encourage students who do well in math and science to pursue careers in those subjects. The teens compete in biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, astronomy and math. Small groups of students answer questions about science and math in a style similar to Jeopardy!

"It is really exciting. It's like a tournament format," said Andrew Brinker, Paschal High science club's teacher sponsor. "For the Science Bowl, I bought a buzzer system. I set up benches and had four kids on one side, four on the other side."

Two Paschal club teams competed at the North Texas event, spending the first day of their spring break at the competition, said Brinker, who teaches advanced placement biology and environmental science.

This will be the third time Paschal's science club has qualified for the national finals.

At the finals, the students will attend seminars, practice against other teams and hear lectures by famous scientists, Brinker said.

"Congratulations to the students at Paschal High School for their achievements in science, technology, engineering and math," U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a news release. "Providing opportunities like the National Science Bowl to challenge today's students is an essential part of keeping America competitive in a rapidly advancing world."

Jessamy Brown,


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