By Hannah Chong
It’s a rare competition that requires students to both burst with scientific acumen and dominate in thumb-wars. For LCHS students, Science Bowl is that competition. On Saturday, January 30th, 2016, four La Canada students made the journey down the street to Jet Propulsion Laboratory to compete in the annual Science Bowl. Led by team captain Henry Muller, seniors Deborah Oh & Alec Lourenco and junior Albert Zhai went head to head with other high schools in a first-to-the-buzzer competition that required students to answer questions about all fields of advanced science.
“Science Bowl is a unique experience that illuminates commonalities between yourself, your teammates, and your opponents,” said Albert.
La Canada went 3-2 in the competition, scoring better than they did in last year’s competition.
“It was exciting and rewarding,” reflected Henry. “A challenging and rewarding experience. We did better than CV, which is a great accomplishment.”
“It was a bit intimidating during the first rounds. I regret not being more assertive in the first two round of the competition,” said Alec. “But I’m glad that we did better than last year.”
Deborah commented on the entire experience, saying, “Our school doesn’t have a period dedicated to Science Bowl like some schools do, so we had to meet outside of class to practice and learn the information we didn’t already know.”
Along with being president of the Science Team Club, Deborah was also the only female on the team. “I think having a girl on the team is important to balancing the team dynamic. My gender has been brought up within my team, in a joking manner, of course. I don’t think girls in STEM should be treated as the ‘token girl.’ I did well at the competition and I was chosen as president of the team for my merit, not for my gender. I think the system has been unfair up until this point, discriminating against girls who legitimately want to participate in science. I would hope that in the future there will always be at least one girl on the team.”
Tryouts for the 2016-2017 Science Bowl team will be held in March. See Deborah Oh for further details.
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