Photo Credit/Art Mochizuki

(left to right) Altair Maine (Team A Coach),  Richard Shuai,  Jeffrey Lung,  Jae Joon Kim (Team Captain),  Rachel Wei,  Alexander Ke,  and Len Soloff (Team B Coach).

LOS ANGELES — The “A” team from North Hollywood High School has won the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) annual Science Bowl Regional Competition.  This marks the 17th regional championship won by North Hollywood High School.

As a regional champion, each team member receives a $1,000 Hitachi Scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to represent the City of Los Angeles in the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl, April 28-May 2.

The trip is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science.

North Hollywood will compete in a field of 70 regional high school champions from 40 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  A total of 10 teams from California will participate.

Previous LADWP regional winning teams have won four national titles and placed among the top five teams 11 times.

The team from the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies placed second followed by El Camino Real Charter High School, and the North Hollywood High School Team “B” team.

Students also showed problem solving and time management abilities in the special Water and Power Community Credit Union Hands-On Competition.  This year’s competition involved designing and building a functioning catapult that launched a plastic projectile onto a target.

In this competition, Hamilton High School was the recipient of the first place Franklin Lu Hands-On Trophy, presented in memory of the late LADWP engineer and Science Bowl volunteer.  Team members received a $250 scholarship. The second place scholarship award was presented to Palisades Charter High School.  Third and fourth place scholarships were awarded to Venice High School and Downtown Business Magnets High School, respectively. The Water and Power Community Credit Union sponsored all the scholarships in the hands-on competition this year.

Each year, the LADWP Science Bowl tests the region’s sharpest students’ reflexes, teamwork skills and knowledge in a fun competitive atmosphere using a television game show format that involves toss-up and bonus questions, buzzers and timed responses.  

The National Science Bowl is among the nation’s largest high school science-based academic competitions and the only one sponsored by a federal agency. Since it’s inception in 1991 more than 250,000 students have participated in the program. The national sponsor is the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science.

In addition to LADWP and the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, sponsors for this year’s Science Bowl included, the Hitachi Southern California Regional Community Action Committee, the Water and Power Community Credit Union,  the Gas Company, IEEE’s Industrial Applications Society, Metro LA Chapter, Gelson’s Markets, Office Depot, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.