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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 30, 1998
JPL-SPONSORED TEAM TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL SCIENCE BOWL
A JPL-sponsored team of math and science students from
Arcadia High School will compete in this year's National Science
Bowl, to be held May 1-4 at the National 4-H Center in Chevy
The team will compete with schools across the country in a
rapid-fire question-and-answer competition similar to the old
television program "College Bowl," designed to encourage students
to excel in math and science and to pursue careers in those
fields. Categories in this year's competition will include
astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer,
earth and general sciences, and current events in the scientific
and technical community.
"This is an exceptional team of students whose sole goal
since June has been the pursuit of the national championship,"
said Wayne Lee, mission planner on the Mars Global Surveyor
mission and one of the Arcadia High School coaches. "Their
knowledge and experience makes them one of the favorites to win
Arcadia is making its third consecutive appearance in the
national tournament for Science Bowl. This year's five-member
team features three returning players who almost won the 1997
tournament, and one returning player who was a finalist in the
During the 1997 and 1998 regional tournaments to qualify for
the nationals, Arcadia went undefeated and won each game by an
average of 125 points. This year, the team defeated Warren High
School in Downey in the final match of the Los Angeles County
Regionals with a score of 228-14.
"The team's success this year comes from the fact that they
have been practicing every week since June 1997, and have the
nucleus of last year's team returning to play this year," Lee
said. "Most of the team has given up a substantial portion of
other extracurricular activities, both academic and athletic, to
concentrate on winning the national championship."
The finalists from Arcadia High School are:
This year's national competition is sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Energy. Additional information about the
competition is available at http://www.er.doe.gov. Media may
follow the competition over the weekend or obtain results by
contacting the National Science Bowl Media Center at (301) 961-
2993 or (301) 961-2903.
- Alex Fabrikant - Senior and team captain. A four-year starter on
Arcadia's varsity team, making his third consecutive trip to the
- Alex Hong - Junior and second in command. A two-year starter
(1997 and 1998) on Arcadia's varsity team, making his second trip
to the nationals.
- Vincent Auyeung - Freshman and a first-year starter on Arcadia's
- Silvia No - Sophomore and first-year player who is majoring in
- Brian Li - Senior and second-year player, who will be making his
second trip to the nationals.
- Barbara Young - Co-coach of the team who is an advanced placement
chemistry teacher at Arcadia High School.