Science bowl places second in Regional Competition

Jensen Pak

The Science Bowl Club’s A team reached second place in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 20th Annual Science Bowl Regional Competition on Feb. 23. The team fell to the North Hollywood High School A team, who will travel to Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl in April.

The Harvard-Westlake A team, consisting of Anser Abbas ’14, Donhem Brown ’14, Rhett Gentile ’13, Kevin Zhang ’14 and Nick Abouzeid ’15, qualified out of their round robin group with a score of 6-0. They ultimate fell to North Hollywood in the final round, which was televised on LA Cityview 35. The club also sent a B team, consisting of Zach Birnholz ’14, Andrew Friedman ’14, Jonathan Heckerman ’15, Nima Shamtoub ’14 and Larry Zhang ’14, who placed in the top 12 out of 55 teams in the double elimination tournament, qualifying 4-2 out of their group and falling after a loss to the North Hollywood A team as well.

“I think both teams performed amazingly,” Science Bowl President Kenneth Kim ’13 said. ”In previous years, [North Hollywood] has been winning by miles, but this year, both teams made [them] sweat. The B team was leading them during their round robin match, and A team was leading in the finals. We were ahead at a point, which is pretty awesome.”

The club will continue to practice and hopes to scrimmage against the science teachers again this year.