Five Palo Alto High School students will spend five days in Washington, D.C. in April -- courtesy of the U.S. government -- to compete in the National Science Bowl.
The Paly team prevailed in a fast-paced, Jeopardy-like quiz Saturday, Feb. 2, at Lawrence Berkeley Labs -- one of 70 regional tournaments held across the country that altogether drew 9,500 high school students.
The quiz covered topics in astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, math and earth science, said Paly science teacher Shawn Leonard, the team's coach and adviser.
Leonard will accompany the students -- Gary Chen, Jared Filseth, Grace Lin, Jeffrey Ling and Jasen Liu -- to the Washington competition.
The U.S. Department of Energy launched the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in math and science and to pursue careers in those fields. More than 225,000 students have participated in the program, which also includes a middle-school-level competition.