Countless hours studying math and science has paid off for some exceptionally bright students from one college preparatory academy—the Lausanne Collegiate School of Memphis—who won the Tennessee Science Bowl this past weekend. Lausanne’s Team 1 competed against 53 other high school teams on February 27-28 to place first in the annual competition.
Lausanne edged out their competition by successfully answering a host of challenging questions in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, earth and space science, and energy.
Held at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus, the Tennessee Science Bowl is the nation’s third-largest regional competition. The regional bowl prepares students to compete nationally with other exceptional students from schools across the country.
As the first-place team, Lausanne receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the DOE National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., held April 30-May 4, as well as a $1,000 cash prize and a first-place trophy.
Cash prizes and trophies were also awarded to Hardin Valley Academy, Team 1, Knoxville, for second place ($750); Farragut High School Team 1, Knoxville, for third place ($500); and Hume-Fogg High Academic Magnet School, Team 1, Nashville, for fourth place ($250).
The Civility Award, given each year to the team with the best sportsmanship throughout the competition, was awarded to Merrol Hyde High School, Hendersonville ($100 and a trophy).
In addition, a new award this year—the Albert Award, given to the school that develops the most creative team video featuring the team’s academic mascot—was given to Maryville High School ($10 iTunes cards to each team member and a trophy).
“For these students, competing regionally in the Tennessee Science Bowl or nationally in DOE’s National Science Bowl is not just about winning,” said DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory Site Office Manager Johnny Moore. “Each student obtains personal validation that their studies are paying off, that their passion for the sciences is warranted, and that their dreams of future careers in science can be realized. In fact, many will go on to become our country’s future science and engineering leaders, and that’s something worth investing in.”
Major sponsors of the Tennessee Science Bowl include the DOE-Office of Science, ORAU, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, and Pellissippi State Community College. The Tennessee Valley Authority, Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC, and PetSafe have also provided major financial support. For a full listing of sponsors, as well as photos, videos, and additional information, visit www.orau.gov/sciencebowl.