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February 27, 2012 | 5:39 pm :: A day before the Academy Awards, five students at North Hollywood High School took home the Oscar of the science world.
The team won the 20th Annual Regional Science Bowl Competition in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, securing a spot at the national contest in Washington, D.C. Though officials compare the event to the star-studded Academy Awards, the contest actually looks more the game show "Jeopardy."
In the daylong competition, students from across the Los Angeles Unified School District -- including those from private, charter and religious schools -- were quizzed on their knowledge of math, science and technology in a fast-paced question-and-answer segment. About 53 groups vied for the first-place title and cash prize.
The competition, sponsored by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, was created in 1993 to spark high school students' interest in science and encourage them to pursue careers in the field.
“We need to have engineers and scientists with a lot of technological expertise,” said LADWP spokesman Walter Zeisl. “We need a workforce that is strong in this area, to continue to produce water and energy for our customers.”
North Hollywood High team members Daniel Bork, Rain Tsong, Vivek Banejee, Kennedy Agwamaba and Chiyoung Kim each received a $1,000 Hitachi scholarship, along with an all-expenses-paid trip to the nation’s capital in April.
They will compete against 69 other regional high school championship teams from 40 states at the national contest, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Ten teams from California will participate. The top prize: a vacation abroad.
This is North Hollywood’s seventh regional championship in a row and the school’s 14th LADWP regional championship overall. But instead of a golden statuette, the winners were handed a 2-foot-tall trophy cup.
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Photo: North Hollywood High School won its 14th LADWP regional science championship and seventh in a row. Credit: Courtesy LADWP
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