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Troy District 30-C students compete at Argonne Science Bowl

2/28/2018, 1:37 p.m.
Students in Troy Middle School’s Science Bowl recently scored well in the preliminary competition at the 2018 Argonne National Laboratory ...
Troy Middle School students who competed at the Department of Energy’s 2018 Illinois Regional Middle School Science Bowl were, from left: Trenton Marski, Sarah Shay, Amy Gusewelle, Haley Maser and Daniel Schalk. Submitted photo

Students in Troy Middle School’s Science Bowl recently scored well in the preliminary competition at the 2018 Argonne National Laboratory Regional Middle School Science Bowl. The bowl is a competition sponsored by the Department of Energy designed to challenge young students who are passionate about science and engineering. The areas of the bowl were life science, physical science, energy, mathematics and Earth and space science.

Argonne scientists and engineers organized and ran the event, and University of Chicago graduate students served as moderators, judges, scorekeepers and time keepers.

Troy Middle School Science Bowl students who competed were 8th graders Amy Gusewelle, Haley Maser, Daniel Schalk and Sarah Shay and 7th grader Trenton Marski. TMS Science Capstone teacher Dr. Barbara Will-Henn is the coach.

“Dr. Will-Henn encouraged me and reminded me to practice,” Daniel said at the meet. “Even if we don’t move on, I’ll have had the experience of being with the people here.”

“Though our Troy Science Bowl team did not move on to the finals this year, they did have success in defeating Orland and Aqsa Middle Schools in the preliminary rounds,” Will-Henn said. “Just participating in a national-level event such as the Science Bowl helps them realize the opportunities they can have, as they were introduced to so many active scientists who had roles as scorekeepers, timers and moderators.”

“Competitions like this help us identify, grow and encourage the next generation of scientists,” said Argonne representative Meridith Bruozas.

Thirteen Illinois middle schools competed in teams of four at the bowl, each with one alternate. The meet was held at Oswego East High School.