WHS Science Bowl Team
Wayzata High School’s Science Bowl Team won the first and second place spots at the State Science Bowl Tournament held at Macalester College on January 24 with two teams. The winning team will compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C., on April 24-28.
Team 1, which took first place, includes seniors Jayant Chaudhary, William Zeng (co-captain) and Nathan Stocking (co-captain), junior Orien Zeng and sophomore Joseph Chen.
Team 2, which took second place, includes juniors Sruti Paladugu and Faheem Jabir, and sophomores Jeffrey Lee, Daniel Qu and Daniel Ibeling.
The Science Bowl teams are coached by WHS Advanced Placement Biology and Anatomy teacher Amanda Laden.
Wayzata won 1st and 2nd place at the State Science Bowl Tournament that was held at Macalester College on January 24th, and the winning team will compete at Nationals in Washington DC on April 24-28. Team 1 won first place.
Team 2 wasn’t originally schedule to compete and only did so because another team had to cancel. Team 1 was undefeated 10-0 until they faced Team 2 in the tournament. Team 2 outscored Team 1 118 to 26 in that face-off. Ultimately, Team 1 came back to win the tournament 13-1 (having to face Team 2 two more times).
The Science Bowl competition involves answering questions in a range of subjects including chemistry, biology, physics, earth and space science, energy, and math. A team of five students (four participate at a time while one serves as a substitute) face off against another team. The questions include toss up questions that are answered only by the individual who buzzed in first, and bonus questions which are offered to the whole team after their team member correctly answered a toss up question. The Wayzata teams have been practicing every Tuesday after school since September 10, 2013. Wayzata High School hosted a practice tournament on January 17 that five schools and 70 students attended. The State Science Bowl Tournament consisted of 32 teams from around the state.