Students from Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Middle School travelled to Ames on Saturday, Feb. 22 for the 2014 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Science Bowl championship.
"It was great!" said team coach Jonathan Markus, a science teacher at A-D-M Middle School. "Both my JV and Varsity teams were allowed to compete against twenty-two other teams. We were the only school in Iowa to have two teams - and both of our teams made top-half."
In its 11th year, the bowl featured 24 teams from across the state: A-D-M, Ames, Benton (Van Horne), Boone, Central Lee (Donnellson), Chariton, Fort Dodge, Home Schools (Walker), Lynnville-Sully, Madrid, Mediapolis, Nishnabotna (Hamburg), Pella Christian, Sacred Heart (West Des Moines), South Hamilton (Jewell), Southeast Webster Grand (Burnside), St. Albert (Council Bluffs), Stanton, Starmont (Arlington), Stilwell (West Des Moines), Union (Dysart), West Fork (Rockwell), West Hancock (Kanawha), and Williamsburg.
Ames Middle School took home the top prize with St. Albert Middle School coming in second and Union Middle School claiming third. But the A-D-M team has no regrets and plans to try again next year.
"The students really proved their mental stamina, as it is long day full of back-to-back competitions," said Markus. "The hard work we put in during the past few months really paid off. I’m very proud of each and every one of the students. "We have already started planning for next year."
This day-long, quiz-bowl style event took teams of four students who competed against one another in a head-to-head competition, answering math and science questions. The top 12 teams, which included both ADM teams, advanced to the double-elimination championship round, culminating in the championship match at 4 p.m. The event took place in Ames Laboratory’s TASF and Spedding Hall as well as Gilman and Hach Halls. The winning team from Ames will get the chance to represent Iowa at the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in Washington, DC in April.