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Dubuque's Eleanor Roosevelt Wins 2009 Middle School Science Bowl

For release: Feb. 25, 2009

Steve Karsjen, Public Affairs, 515-294-5643

AMES, Iowa— In one of the closest matches in the six-year history of the event, Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School of Dubuque edged Johnston Middle School to win the 2009 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Middle School Science Bowl here on Feb. 21. Roosevelt advances to the National Science Bowl, to be held April 30-May 5 in Washington, D.C. and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

After jumping out to a 40-4 halftime lead in the championship match, the Eleanor Roosevelt team saw its lead dwindle as Johnston correctly answered six straight, four-point toss-up questions. But Johnston failed to capitalize, correctly answering only one of the 10-point bonus questions and time expired with Roosevelt winning by a score of 40-38.

Representing Roosevelt were Alex Baranski, Rachel Bruflodt, Autmn Johnson, Patel Pooja, and Blaine Tunnell and the team was coached by Jennifer Meyer. The Johnston team included Josh Boeschen, Austin Busch, Jarid Ingebrand, Vivian Wu and Shianne Thomas and was coached by Staci Nichols.

Homes Schools of Eastern Iowa based in Walker finished third and Mediapolis Middle School finished fourth in the academic quiz-bowl portion of the two-day event.

The team from Pella Christian won the model hydrogen fuel-cell car challenge on Feb. 20, beating IKM (Irwin-Kirkman-Manilla & Manning) Middle School in the championship race. The winning car was built by Pella Christian's Austin Ver Meer, Nicholas Dahm, Delaney Dugger, Jacob Lanferman and Veronica Francis under direction of coach Tricia DeHaan. The IKM team of Serenah Frank, Jacob Tank, Alexandra Bornhoft, Jakob Croghan, and Dillon Muhlbauer was coached by Jennifer Linde.

2009 Middle School Science Bowl champion - Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School of Dubuque: (row 1, l-r) Autumn Johnson, Pooja Patel, Rachel Bruflodt; (back row, l-r) Lisa Lueken, asst. coach, Blaine Tunnell, coach Jennifer Meyer, Alex Baranski, and Ames Labor Image
2009 Middle School Science Bowl Fuel-Cell Car Challenge champs: (front) Jacob Lanferman; (Back, l-r) coach Tricia DeHaan, Delaney Dugger, Veronica Francis, Science Bowl Coordinator Steve Karsjen, and Nicolas Dahm.

A total of 16 teams competed in the two-event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University, with corporate support from 3M, Hach, Pella, Rockwell Collins, Hy-Vee, Dow Corning Foundation, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Sauer-Danfoss, the Iowa Energy Center, University Park Inn & Suites, Casey's General Stores and ISU's Institute for Physical Research and Technology.

In addition to those teams mentioned above, the following schools also participated: Anthon-Oto-Maple Valley, Dike-New Hartford, Evans of Ottumwa, LeMars, Mazzuchelli (Dubuque), Notre Dame (Burlington), Ogden, St. Albert (Council Bluffs), and South Tama County.

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory operated for the DOE 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.