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Math and Science Whiz Kids Meet in Montgomery

More than 60 students from seven high schools traveled to WVU Tech’s Montgomery campus on Thursday, November 19, to compete in the University’s 28th annual Math and Science Bowl.

Students competed in teams of five in the double-elimination tournament, where they worked together to answer timed questions from a broad mix of mathematics and science disciplines.

“The students who participate are usually among the brightest at their school,” said Dr. Susan Barton, a mathematics professor at WVU Tech. “This event allows them to challenge themselves in ways that are not available to them inside the classroom. To challenge themselves against different opponents. The Math and Science Bowl is a fun way for students to challenge themselves academically.”

Barton said that hosting the Bowl at WVU Tech is also a great way to connect the University to area students.

“It is a chance to introduce talented high school students to WVU Tech and some of its faculty. It is a chance for WVU Tech to show that it values academic achievement. The faculty at WVU Tech that participate get to see the talent that comes out of our local high schools,” she said.

Twelve teams from Bluefield, James Monroe, Liberty, PikeView, River View, Woodrow Wilson and Wyoming East high schools competed in the Bowl. River View’s #1 team captured first place, James Monroe second and Woodrow Wilson #1 took third.

The top-finishing teams received trophies and will advance to the Regional Science Bowl to be hosted in Morgantown, West Virginia in early February.