FEB. 18, 2003
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Highland High School was the big winner at the 11th annual Kern County Regional Science Bowl held on the CSUB campus on Saturday (Feb. 15). Two Highland High teams qualified for the finals outlasting 30 other teams from area high schools in the daylong event.

The winning team of Jacob Ceccarelli, Brain Davis, Nick LaValley, Christopher Quon, and Erin Rappleye, coached by teachers Brad Rappleye and Cathy Crosby, advances to the National Science Bowl sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, which will be held in Washington, D.C., May 1-5.

High schools that had teams competing at this year's Science Bowl were Bakersfield, Desert, East, Foothill, Highland, Liberty, Mojave, North, Ridgeview, Rosamond, Stockdale, Taft, Tehachapi, Valley, and West.

Thomas Meyer, interim dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and Science Bowl coordinator, said the 32 five-member teams competed in a fast-paced, question-answer format that covered such subjects as physics, biology, chemistry, math, earth science, computer science and astronomy.

Meyer said the teams were divided into four groups of eight. Teams competed Saturday morning in a round-robin tourney in Dorothy Donahoe Hall, with each team having seven matches.

Science Bowl matches consist of two 10-minute halves. Only four of the five team members may compete at one time, but teams may substitute during match halftimes.

The top two teams from each group advanced to the finals in the afternoon, where they competed in a double-elimination round. The final two rounds took place in Studio C at CSUB's Instructional Television studios and were televised on Channel 15, the Educational Channel.

Each match had four officials: a moderator, who read the questions, a rules judge, a timekeeper, and a scorekeeper. A group of scientific judges ruled on any conflicts. Meyer said all scientific judges were CSUB science professors.

The winning team from Highland will compete against the winners of 60 other regional science bowls during the May national competition.

Last year, a team from Stockdale High School won the Kern County Regional Science Bowl and advanced far into the national competition, finishing in the top third.

For more information about the Science Bowl please call Meyer at (661) 664-3450, or e-mail him at tmeyer@csub.edu.