RL Earns Silver at Regional Middle School Science Bowl
On Saturday, 24 February, eight RL boys traveled to MIT’s campus to compete in the Northeast Regional Middle School Science Bowl, joining 30 of the region’s top teams. RL’s Class V team—made up of Vishnu Emani, Teddy Glaeser, David Sullivan, and Alex Yin—went undefeated (6-0) in their preliminaries and moved on to the qualifying rounds. In the semi-finals, RL trailed for 15.5 minutes (of a 16-minute match) rallying with an 18-point flurry in the last 30 seconds, to win by 14 points. The only loss of the day for the Class V team came in the final match from the defending national champions, earning RL the competition’s second-place trophy.
RL’s Class VI team—consisting of Carter Crowley, Will Grossman, James McCurley, and Michael Thomas—split 50/50 in their six preliminary matches. Though they did not move on to the single-elimination championship round, they showed great promise for next year’s competition.
Robert Moore—science department chair and the teams’ advisor—remarked on the boys’ energy, class and sportsmanship, as well as on the leadership of senior Dylan Zhou. President of the Science Club, Dylan met with members of the Class VI and Class V teams countless times to help them practice and prepare for the event. He has done the same for the upcoming high school team.
The National Science Bowl is a middle school and high school science knowledge competition, using a quiz bowl format. The competition has been organized and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science since its inception in 1991.