Morgantown High School’s Team A Wins 2014 West Virginia Science Bowl
First-Place Winners—Morgantown High School—Team A
Front row, left to right: Elvisa Stanescu, coach; Emma Mathers; and Sita Sunil
Back row, left to right: Kirk Gerdes, WVSB coordinator; David Sokolov; Alex Stanescu; Ben Taylor; and Joe Melia, coach
2014 was a big year for West Virginia Regional Science Bowl with a new venue and a record number of teams in attendance. The 23rd annual competition was held February 1st at the WVU Mountainlair and hosted 23 teams from across the state. The tournament was intense, with the morning rounds requiring a three-way tie breaker between Morgantown High Team B, Parkersburg, and Wheeling Park. The afternoon rounds placed Morgantown High Team A and George Washington High School in the championship face off. After battling through an extended final round, Morgantown High School Team A earned this year’s championship title and will be representing West Virginia at National Science Bowl®, which is scheduled for April 24–28, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
The MHS champs each took home a Kindle Fire HD and a medal, as well as a team plaque and the WVSB traveling trophy to display at their school for a year. Coming in as second-, third-, and fourth-place winners were George Washington, Morgantown (Team B), and Woodrow Wilson High Schools. Ripley and Parkersburg tied for fifth, and Capital High School Team A and Martinsburg tied for seventh place. Participants who didn’t qualify for the final afternoon rounds enjoyed a SuGObot engineering contest. Teams had an hour-and-a-half to put together Sumo-LEGO robots that conform to rules for weight and dimension. SuGObots from two teams were then placed on a raised ring to attempt to push each other off in a double elimination tournament. Wheeling Park High School constructed the most fierce robot this year and won the contest with their ingenuity.
Also featured at this year’s event was a welcome address from the Honorable David M. McKinley, PE (W.Va. District 1) and a keynote address by Dr. Nigel Clark from WVU. Both speakers acknowledged the importance of skills in science, technology, engineering, and math and encouraged students to continue their academic pursuits in these fields. After lunch, students attended an information fair with booths and activities from university representatives from all over the state, including West Virginia University, Marshall University, Concord University, West Liberty University, and West Virginia Institute of Technology.
The 2014 WVSB regional competition was co-sponsored by NETL and WVU. The activity was made possible by generous support from volunteers, local businesses, and community members. Volunteers were recognized in the event program and with t-shirts, and sponsors were recognized with program advertisements and t-shirts. During the concluding event, the Friends of West Virginia Regional Science Bowl Foundation thanked the sponsors with the presentation of plaques for their generosity. This year’s sponsors included KeyLogic, Leonardo Technologies Inc., the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, Lockheed Martin, MATRIC, Teaming to Win, URS, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, WVHTC Foundation, Goldbelt Eagle, Action Facilities Management, the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, AFGE Local 1995, and Glenmark Holding LLC. For more information on the 2014 WVSB, including pictures, please visit our Facebook page.