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2014 S.D. Science Bowl held in Huron

Posted: Friday, Mar 7th, 2014

Winning the 2014 South Dakota Science Bowl held March 1 at the Huron Event Center was Rapid City Central Team No. 1, including from left, Nathanial Bennett, Nicholas Fay, Thomas De Long, Shane Lapczynski and Adam Grigg. Their coach is Michael Slaback. Next is a picture of the Huron team, from left, Kamelia Schneider, Avery DelGrosso, Brant Slepikas and Davis Nemmers. The team is coached by Lindsey Brewer. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

High school teams braved the weather to compete in last Saturday’s 2014 South Dakota Science Bowl at the Huron Event Center.

The U.S. Department of Energy funds the competition which ultimately will culminate in Washington, D.C., where winners from each state will compete against one another.

“We had a couple towns that weren’t able to make it because of the weather, but overall the turnout was good,” said Lesley Berg, a Science Bowl co-coordinator along with Tom Borkowski.

Each team member has a buzzer which must be pressed in order to answer a question, order depending on the first to press the button. The categories of questions include physics, math, Earth and Space, chemistry, biology, and energy. The questions are in the formats of multiple choice and short answer. Each round pins two teams against one another in a limited time frame to answer as many questions correctly as possible.

Huron High School’s team, consisting of Kamelia Schneider, Avery DelGrosso, Brant Slepikas and Davis Nemmers, was coached by Lindsey Brewer. Although Huron’s team was eliminated early in the competition it is worth noting the top placing regions are located in the same towns as South Dakota Board of Regents Universities. Aberdeen Central placed third while Rapid City Steven’s took second place, respectively. The winning team, Rapid City Central Team No. 1, won in a dramatic fashion by a mere question, earning them a paid trip to Washington D.C. in April.

“Sorry we almost gave you a heart attack,” said Thomas De Long of Rapid City Central to coach Michael J. Slabeck.

This marks the 15th year Slabeck has coached Rapid City Central’s Science Bowl team as well as the 17th year of teaching in the school district. “I’ll be retiring from teaching after this year,” said Slabeck.

The team prepared for the competition by answering example questions from the Department of Energy website. “There’s a couple sets of questions that the DOE people have put online,” said Adam Grigg of Rapid City Central. “We have a complete set of buzzers that we use in practice,” said Slabeck of other preparation tactics. “Our team cohesion and understanding of the rules are reasons for our success.”

Although the competition differs in nature from other school activities, such as football or basketball, the skill and knowledge exemplified by all teams provided for an entertaining spectator sport. The next step of the competition for Rapid City Central will be April 24-28 in the DOE National Science Bowl.

For the complete article see the 03-06-2014 issue.

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