Local Teens to Compete in Washington, D.C.

Nope, not football, baseball or soccer—these kids will match their knowledge against other teens from around the country.


Are you a Jeopardy! Fan?

Answer: The Palo Alto High School Team. Question: Who will compete in the 23rd Annual U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl Finals in Washington, D.C.?

Imagine this—a competition similar to Jeopardy! except that every category pertains to the sciences. Students have to master a wide range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics and astronomy.

The Paly team earned an expense-paid trip to Washington by winning a regional competition at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory last Saturday. The finals will be held April 25-29.

Team members are Gary Chen, Jared Filseth, Grace Lin, Jeffrey Ling and Jasen Liu. The team’s coach and advisor, Paly science teacher Shawn Leonard, will accompany the team to Washington.

Perhaps their trip can include a meeting with Rep. Anna Eshoo. On Wednesday, she offered her congratulations to the team,  “Bravo to Palo Alto High School’s National Science Bowl Team!” Rep. Eshoo said. “At a time when America faces a critical shortage of workforce skills in science, technology, engineering and math, the curiosity and competitiveness of these Palo Alto High School students breathes new hope into our future global competitiveness.”


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