Crestview Middle's Science Bowl team made quite the impression by placing 16th at the National Science Bowl Championship, April 30, in Washington, D.C.
Eighth-grade students Soham Saraf, Sujay Vadderaju, Lawrence Liu and sixth-grader Arnav Busani made up the team.
Teams competed in a fast-paced question-and-answer format. They were tested on a wide range of topics, including biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, space science, energy and general science.
Science teacher Kristina Bunyard-Groves said, "These students have worked really hard this year, and I am extremely proud of their dedication and determination. They amaze me with the amount of science knowledge that they have been able to learn."
Bunyard-Groves described how she helped the students prepare for the challenge.
"When I first started at Crestview four years ago, there was a group of students interested in the science bowl, so I started an after-school science bowl club," she said. "The students were placed on teams based on their science knowledge. They competed against each other using a buzzer system that we have. I provided study materials for the students to use to study on their own. The winning team met most Sundays to study and practiced on their own, as well."
For placing in the top 16, the team earned $1,000 for the school's science department.