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Valley wins 2016 High School Science Bowl

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Steve Karsjen, Public Affairs, 515-294-5643

AMES, Iowa -- Valley High School of West Des Moines never lost a match all day in winning the Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl here on January 23. Valley edged Dubuque’s Wahlert High School 48-42 in the championship match and will represent the Iowa Regional at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl®, April 28-May 2 in Washington, DC.

Saturday’s competition was the 25th anniversary for the Ames Laboratory/ISU  Regional. Forty teams of students from across Iowa competed to answer questions about biology, chemistry, earth and space science, energy, mathematics, and physics in the day-long, quiz-bowl format competition.

The Valley team, comprised of senior Luke Rustin and juniors Gabe Mintzer, Jacob Bedia, Guowi Qi and Arjun Ganga, won all four of their matches in the morning round-robin competition to advance to the 16-team double elimination round in the afternoon. They defeated Ames, Central Lee, Des Moines Central, and Wahlert , then had a rematch with Wahlert in the championship match.

It was the second consecutive Regional title for Valley, although only Mintzer returned from last year’s team. Valley is coached by Nathan Speichinger.

After the initial 90-14 loss to Valley, Wahlert’s all-senior team of Sam Hoelscher, Miguel Sanchez, Andrew Wagner, Natalie Hoy and Zoe Hermsen  won the semifinal match against Marshalltown High School 52-18 to set up the rematch in the finals. Marshalltown finished third and Ames High was fourth.

For complete results from the Ames Laboratory/ISU Regional  championship competition, click HERE.

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl®, and sponsors the NSB finals competition. 

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science research laboratory operated by Iowa State University. Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global challenges.