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Bowling for Science

Posted: Monday, Feb 18th, 2013

Shown are members of the Huron High School science bowl team, including Avery DelGrosso, Jacob Davis, Adrian DelGrosso and Brant Slepikas. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

HURON — Students from around the state competed in the 20th annual S.D. Regional Science Bowl held at the Huron Event Center on Saturday. The event was sponsored by the Western Area Power Administration.

Winning the competition was the Rapid City Central team one comprised of members Ryan Parks, Amanda Reeves, Genevieve Kennedy, Hannah Carroll and Zachary Burdsal. Their coach was Michael Slaback.

Rapid City Central won a trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Department of Energy National Science Bowl on April 25-29.

Slaback said he was proud of his students. “They are hardworking, dedicated and incredibly intelligent people,” he said. “We practiced twice a week from September up until today, and I think the preparation has a lot to do with their success.”

Rapid City Central team two took second place. Team members were Thomas De Long, Shane Lapczynski, Jennifer Coyle, Anna Bridge and Nicholas Fay. Their coach was Mike Ketchem.

Rapid City Christian took third place and Watertown received fourth place in the competition.

Lesley Berg of the Western Area Power Administration was the co-coordinator of the science bowl. She said the turnout was great this year. “This is one of 70 other regional science bowls being held across the United States,” she said. “Our winners will compete in the nationals with the rest of the finalists across the country.”

She said all of the teams performed well. “The questions were really hard this year, and overall the students prepared very well for the competition.”

The Department of Energy selects the questions. “There are two sets of questions and those sets of questions are used by everybody in the United States,” explained Berg. “The questions range from the subjects of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, earth science and also energy questions.”

Huron High School math teacher Lindsey Brewer coached the science bowl team for the sixth year in a row. Brewer said the Huron team also started practicing last fall. “We start our practices for quiz bowl right away in the fall during lunch. We do it at that time so it doesn’t conflict with other activities.”

Huron’s science bowl team included senior Adrian DelGrosso, sophomore Avery DelGrosso, sophomore Jacob Davis and freshman Brant Slepikas. Adrian DelGrosso served as the team’s captain. “All of the students on our team take a lot of math and science classes,” said Brewer. “The captain of our team, Adrian, has taken all of the sciences that our high school has to offer and is now taking AP science courses online on his own.”

Brewer said Huron participated in three rounds in the morning session and won two out of three. “We defeated Vermillion, then lost to Brandon Valley and then defeated Aberdeen.”

Sunshine Bible Academy also attended the event. Their coach was Todd Seaman and their team members included Justin Ryu, Erin Rodgers, Heather Deal and Stacie Seaman. SBA defeated Great Plains Lutheran, but then lost their other two rounds.

Schools participating in the S.D. Regional Science Bowl were: Huron, Sunshine Bible Academy, Rapid City Central, Rapid City Christian, Rapid City Stevens, Aberdeen Central, Brandon Valley, Great Plains Lutheran, Greater Sioux Falls Home School, Hill City, Northwestern, Vermillion, De Smet, Watertown, Sioux Falls O’Gorman and Parker.

For the complete article see the 02-17-2013 issue.

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