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  • Hira Qureshi

PVS students participated in the annual Science Bowl competition

Pleasant View School students participated in the high school division of the Science Bowl competition.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics.

Middle and high school student teams from diverse backgrounds consist of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.

The Department of Energy (DOE) created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields.

PVS was one of 61 schools to compete, with students in grades 10 and 11 competing.

Students studied on their own, memorized scientific facts and practiced once a week for 1.5 hours after school with teacher Farhana Chowdhury.

Students enjoyed the competition and Chowdhury was proud of their efforts.

“They did excellent this year,” Chowdhury said. “Each year the team is improving their skills in answering questions. And although they didn't qualify to the next round, I saw more enthusiasm among the students. They showed an eagerness to come back next year with better preparation.”

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