BNL Announces Long Island Regional Science Bowl Winners

JTeams from Jericho Senior High School and Hunter College Middle School each won first place in the 2022 competitions hosted virtually by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory on Friday, January 28 and Saturday. January 29. Tournament-style events quizzed students on a range of science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, energy, and math.

Both teams will face regional winners from across the country in the National Science Bowl® this spring.

“The National Science Bowl regional competitions provide students with an exciting introduction to the National Laboratory system and the Department of Energy,” said Amanda Horn, a Brookhaven Lab educator who coordinated the virtual events. “This competition gives students the opportunity to meet our scientists and support staff who volunteer as competition judges, introduce them to the lab’s cyber efforts through the Cyber ​​Challenge, and learn about the future STEM opportunities available to them.”

As the top schools were called out at the High School Science Bowl awards ceremony on Jan. 28, students at Jericho Hanson Xuan, Derek Minn, Ashwin Narayanan, Natasha Kulviwat, and Brendan Shek rose from their chairs to celebrate.

“I’m so surprised and I’m so proud of these people,” Kulviwat said. Team members said they studied until the day before the competition, only adding to their weekly training and time spent poring over textbooks in preparation for the big day.

“They worked so hard,” Jericho coach Samantha Sforza added. “They absolutely deserve this win.”

High School Finalists
Half Hollow Hills East High School took second place this year in the High School Division. Photo by BNL

Second place: Great Neck South High School – Jansen Wong, Matthew Tsui, Richard Zhuang, Jack Lenga, Eric Pei (Coaches: Nicole Spinelli, James Truglio)

Third place: Half Hollow Hills East High School – Himani Mattoo, Daniel Salkinder, Dylan D’Agate, Jacob Leshnower and Jeffin Abraham (coach: Danielle Talleur)

Fourth place: Ward Melville High School Team 1 – Ivan Ge, Gabriel Choi, Matthew Chen, Neal Carpino, Michael Melikyan (Coach: Silva Michel)

This year, the Middle School Science Bowl was open to New York City schools, and two teams from Hunter College Middle School won first and third place.

“It’s really exciting,” said Devon Lee of Team 1 at Hunter College Middle School. “I’m really, really proud of my team because they’re literally the coolest people I know.”

“Last year we lost by two points,” added Morgan Lee. “Since I was in eighth grade, I didn’t think we would have a chance to come back from this and I’m glad we did.”

The first place team also included Segev Pri-Paz and Gabriel Levin. Hunter’s coach Min-Hsuan Kuo paid tribute to the high school students who helped the middle schoolers prepare.

“I always knew they would do well,” Kuo said. “We have a really wonderful situation at our school where our high school students are always working with younger students.”

College finalists

Second place: RC Murphy College Team 1 – Sahil Ghosh, Harry Gao, Willem VanderVelden, Gabrielle Wong, Kayla Harte (Coaches: Emily Chernakoff Jillian Visser)

Third place: Hunter College Middle School Team 2 – Kavya Khandelwal, Kyle Wu, Melody Luo, Sophia Kim (Coach: Min-Hsuan Kuo)

Fourth place: Paul J. Gelinas Jr. High School – Anna Xing, Tina Xing, Colby Medina, William Squire, Kyle McGarvey, (Coach: Monica Flanagan)

All participating students received a Science Bowl t-shirt. The winning teams will also receive trophies and medals. First-ranked high school and college teams will also receive a banner to hang in their schools. The top three high school teams will receive cash prizes. The awards were donated by Teachers Federal Credit Union and Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA), event sponsors. BSA is the company that manages and operates Brookhaven Lab for the DOE.

Around 60 volunteers stepped up as virtual scorers, judges, moderators and support for back-to-back events. For more information, visit https://energy.gov/science.