South Middle team wins regional science bowl

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The winning team from South Middle School holds their Regional Science Bowl trophy. (Photo credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory)
The winning team from South Middle School holds their Regional Science Bowl trophy. (Photo credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory)

A five-member team from South Middle School won the Long Island Regional Middle School Science Bowl at Brookhaven National Laboratory on March 2, marking the second consecutive year that a team from South Middle School has won this regional competition.

The first-place team of Eric Pei, Tristan Wan, Erin Wong, Samantha Zeltser, and Richard Zhuang competed against 19 other teams representing 12 school districts across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The fast-paced question-and-answer format covered a wide range of science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.

The team is coached by Doris Stanick, an Earth science teacher at South Middle School, and Diane Caplain, a biology teacher at South Middle School.

As the winners of the Long Island Regional Middle School Science Bowl, the South Middle team has earned an invitation to the National Middle School Science Bowl hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., putting them against some of the top middle school teams in the nation.

The Department of Energy National Science Bowl (NSB), established in 1991, is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. This year, more than 4,500 middle school students will compete in 50 middle school regional tournaments, leading up to the National Middle School Science Bowl competition in April.

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