PHS team wins West Virginia Science Bowl

PARKERSBURG A team of students from Parkersburg High School on Saturday won the 22nd Annual West Virginia Regional Science Bowl at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown.

The students defeated 12 other teams to earn an expense-paid trip to the National Science Bowl April 25-29 in Washington, D.C. The National Science Bowl is sponsored by the Department of Energy.

Members of the winning Parkersburg High Team A are Ian Collins, Ben Kepple, Eric Eisenmann, Trent Cheuvront and Nanda Siva. Lisa Berry is the coach. In addition to the Washington trip, the team also will receive a traveling trophy to keep for a year, individual medals and other prizes.

The second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers were, respectively, Wheeling Park High School, Morgantown High School and Bridgeport High School. Nitro High School and Oak Hill High School tied for fifth place.

Parkersburg High had two teams. Members of Team B are Elliott Clark, Chase Campbell, Reid Strobl, Paul Fernandes and Andrew Mommessin and the coach is Wayne Clark.

At the National Science Bowl, Parkersburg High will compete against high school science teams from around the country. Students also will participate in science seminars and related activities.

Top teams will receive trophies and other awards, including science-related trips.

The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl and regional competitions to encourage high school students to excel in math and science and pursue careers in those fields.

This year’s event in Morgantown included a welcoming address from U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., an engineer, and a keynote address by Bill Flanagan, executive vice president, corporate relations for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. McKinley and Flanagan encouraged students to pursue careers in the sciences and technology.

The National Energy Technology Laboratory researches technological solutions to America’s energy challenges at three research sites in Albany, Ore., Morgantown and Pittsburgh. For more than 100 years, the laboratory has focused on developing tools and processes to provide clean, reliable and affordable energy.