Submitted by Ryan McDonald, Summer Programs Director and Public Relations Coordinator at Maine School of Science and Mathematics
It was an exciting Saturday in March at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham, as 20 teams from 12 Maine high schools battled it out answering questions related to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Astronomy, Energy, and Mathematics at the Maine State Science Bowl. After 10 rounds of play, including two tie-breaker sets to determine placements for the semi-finals, MSSM Team A emerged victorious. MSSM Team B placed 4th in their division, but did not advance to the semi-finals. This is MSSM’s fourth win, with previous victories in 2007, 2013, and 2014. The winning team now receives an all-expense-paid trip to the National Science Bowl competition, which is held just outside Washington, DC, at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD, on April 25-29. While at Nationals MSSM will compete against schools from around the US, as well as listen to lectures from leading scientists and visit many of the spectacular museums found in our nation’s capital.
MSSM Team A is comprised of Daniel Brower (from Carmel), James Hawkes (from Portland), George Johnson (from Kennebunkport), Jay Philbrick (from North Yarmouth), and Jordan Theriault (from Caribou), and is coached by Dr. Debbie Eustis-Grandy. MSSM Team B is comprised of Madison Albert (from North Yarmouth), Amanda Chen (from Thomaston), Annie Giroux (from Belgrade), and Mari Witmer (from Fort Kent), and is coached by Tracy Meyer.