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Douglas takes fifth at Vegas science bowl

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Members of the Douglas High School Academic Team tied for fifth place at the 21st annual Nevada Regional Science Bowl held last weekend in Las Vegas.

According to event organizers, the keys to winning were performing under pressure, determined drive, calculated coaching and talented teammates.

The team from Advanced Technologies Academy in Las Vegas emerged as champion, winning $5,000 and a paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in April.

Douglas High team members tied Henderson-based Coronado High School for fifth place, winning $500 for their efforts.

More than 150 high school students from Nevada, California and Utah made up the 32 teams that started the Nevada Regional Science Bowl competition Feb. 4. The teams endured 10 hours of tough math and science questions in a double-elimination tournament and joined 15,000 other high school students across the country trying to qualify for nationals.

The U.S. Department of Energy started the national competition in 1991 to promote math and science education and encourage high school students to pursue scientific and technical careers.

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The final round in Nevada was recorded for television and will be broadcast by VegasPBS in March.

Sponsors of the Nevada Regional Science Bowl included the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site Office, National Security Technologies, Northrop Grumman, U.S. Department of the Interior, WSI-Nevada Team, Desert Research Institute, Nevada Energy, VegasPBS, UNLV, National Atomic Testing Museum and Southwest Gas.