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D-B students take first place in Northeast Tennessee Science Bowl

February 15th, 2012 9:34 pm by staff report

KINGSPORT — Students from Dobyns-Bennett High School won first place in Wednesday’s sixth annual Northeast Tennessee Science Bowl, held at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport.

The winning team received a $300 cash prize and plaque.

The event was sponsored by the Holston Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Eastman Chemical Co., American Institute of Chemical Engineers East Tennessee Local Section, and BAE Systems. It brought together teams from Cherokee High School, Daniel Boone High School, D-B, Greeneville High School, Jefferson County High School, Science Hill High School, Sullivan Central High School, Sullivan South High School and Tennessee High School.

Second place was awarded to the Daniel Boone team, which took home a $200 cash prize and plaque. Jefferson County took third place and a $100 cash prize and plaque.

Teams consisted of students from grades 10 through 12. Questions covered astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, general science and mathematics. The purpose of the event was to prepare students in this region for state and national Science Bowl competitions.

All of the regional teams competing in the Science Bowl are eligible to compete in the state competition scheduled for March 3 at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County campus in Friendsville, Tenn. The winning team from Tennessee will receive an all-expense-paid trip to compete in the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Energy launched the National Science Bowl competition in 1991 to help develop the work force that America requires to remain at the forefront of scientific advances, technological innovation and economic competitiveness. Since the National Science Bowl started in 1991, more than 160,000 students from all over the country have taken part in the fast-paced, question-and-answer tournament. Each year the number of regional competitions continues to grow.

The first-place D-B team was made up of Elizabeth Juelfs, Caroline Naylor, Gary Vestal, Ashley Williams, Luke Lawrence and Scott Zhou, with teacher/coach Katie Jenkins.

The second-place Daniel Boone team was Nick Combs, Tim Blumberg, Avery Morelock, Ethan Bowman and Zac Gray. The teacher/coach was Mike Taylor.

And the third-place Jefferson County High team was Benjamin Brock, Jeffrey Chafin, Abby Duck, Elisabeth Glenn and Racheal Welch, while Raye Pedigo was the teacher/coach.

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