Wayzata Students win National Science Bowl
A team from Wayzata High School won the 2019 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. on Monday. The team won first place over 64 other regionally winning teams.
“I’d like to congratulate the winning teams from Wayzata High School and Jonas Clarke Middle School,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, in a press release. “I am excited to see where the dedication and focus of these teams, as well as each and every National Science Bowl participant, will take them in the years to come. After this challenging competition, I know the next generation is up to the great task of ensuring this nation remains a leader in science, technology and innovation.”
The Wayzata team beat out a high school from Texas in the final match. The final question was a short answer question about energy.
“A group of Department of Energy Office of Science researchers conducted a conformation analysis of the epidermal growth factor receptor using modeling and time-resolved fluorescence microscopy. Identify all of the statements that are true concerning this protein.”
The correct answer? “It is a receptor tyrosine kinase.”
The members of the winning high school team are Aayush Gupta, Matthew Qu, Stephen Chen, Benjamin Weiner, and Geoffrey Chen and they are coached by Amanda Laden.
The students returned to campus and unveiled a banner on Friday.
“I can’t say enough about them,” gushes coach Amanda Laden. ” They actually have a lot of other things going for them, and they’re a great team. They work well together.”
Besides a trophy and medals, the students won an all-expenses paid science trip to Alaska this summer. Students will learn about glaciers, wildlife, plate tectonics and more.