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Ogallala Students Compete in Western Nebraska Regional Science Bowl Competition



The Western Nebraska Regional High School Science Bowl Competition was held on February 6th at the Mid-Plains Community College Ogallala Campus.  Two teams from Ogallala High School competed in the competition that also involved a total of nine teams from Perkins County, Chase County, Mitchell, Sidney, and Bridgeport.


Science Bowl is a U.S. Department of Energy sponsored event that is a nationwide academic competition.  It tests students' knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics.  High school teams are composed of four students, one alternate, and a teacher/advisor/coach.  The teams face off in a fast-paced question and answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth/space science, physics, energy, and math.


The morning consisted of round-robin competitions with the following results:

Ogallala Team 1 (Samuel Tschetter, Alex Lind, Stephanie Skinner, Colter Robinette, and Halle Tophoj)

Vs. Chase County, Win, 48-8

Vs. Perkins County 2, Win, 50-12

Vs.  Mitchell 2, Win, 34-30

Vs. Mitchell 1, Loss, 26-32


Ogallala Team 2 (Tim Eveland, Mikah Hoppens, Katie Cipperly, Mariah Morrow, and Lupe Perez)

Vs. Mitchell 1, Win, 52-0

Vs. Perkins County 1, Win, 50-12

Vs.  Perkins County 2, Loss 12-18

Vs. Chase County, Win, 26-22


The round robin matches resulted in Ogallala Team 1 being the 2nd seed in the double elimination tournament, and Ogallala Team 2 being 3rd seed.  Sidney was 1st seed and Perkins County Teams 1 and 2 completed the tournament teams.


The Ogallala teams competed against each other in the first round of the tournament with Ogallala Team 1 winning a clost match 30-26.  Ogallala Team 2 went on to lose against Perkins County 2, 16-26, earning them a 5th place.


Ogallala Team 1 continued in the tournament playing Sidney and winning 22-12 and then competing against the same team again in the championship and winning 22-8.


As Ogallala Team 1 won the Western Nebraska Science Bowl Regional tournament, they receive an all-expense paid trip to Chevy Chase, MD (right outside of Washington D.C.) to compete at the National Science Bowl Competition April 29-May 2nd.  They will be one of two teams representing Nebraska with the other being the winner of the Eastern Nebraska Science Bowl Regional that is held in Wayne on February 13th.  Students will stay at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center and in addition to competing against teams from all over the nation, they will also have the opportunity to visit the National Mall and go on a night monument tour.



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