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NCSSM students are science bowl champs

NCSSM’s science bowl team are from left: Co-coach Leslie Brinson, Vinit Ranjan, Raymond Gao, co-coach Sam Wheeler, captain Rishi Sundaresan, Dylan King, and Angela Deng.
NCSSM’s science bowl team are from left: Co-coach Leslie Brinson, Vinit Ranjan, Raymond Gao, co-coach Sam Wheeler, captain Rishi Sundaresan, Dylan King, and Angela Deng. Photo courtesy of Niranjan Thakur

The “A” team of science bowl contestants from North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics won the Regional Science Bowl Competition on Jan. 30 at North Carolina Central University.

With their win, team captain Rishi Sundaresan and teammates Angela Deng, Raymond Gao, Dylan King, and Vinit Ranjan earned a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Science Bowl April 28-May 2.

“The format is like the old television quiz shows,” says team advisor Sam Wheeler, a physics instructor at NCSSM.

Two teams of four students compete against each other, sounding buzzers to answer as a moderator reads the questions. The questions cover wide-ranging topics from biology and chemistry to math, physics, even space science. Because the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl, the competitions often include questions about renewable energy, nuclear energy, and other related topics.

The Department of Energy releases the previous year’s questions online so that students can prepare and practice in advance of the competitions.

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