Wayzata High School Team Wins Regionals, Headed to Nationals
The 2019 Minnesota High School Science Bowl was held at Macalester College on January 26. Wayzata High School Team 1 dominated the competition and is on their way to represent Minnesota at the National Science Bowl, all expenses paid.
Wayzata's Team 1 members, all juniors and seniors, have been participating in Science Bowl since middle school. "It's something I really enjoy and the closest you can get to a sport that's academic, said Aayush. "It's also given me a lot of opportunities." "It's a great way to meet peers who are like you," adds Matthew.
Wayzata's success is no accident. Prospective team members try out in different subject areas in order to build teams of specialists from each subject area. Weekly practices consist of 30-minute student-led presentations on relevant subjects followed by hour-long question drills. Wayzata also hosts invitational tournaments for other nearby teams.
Team members also come to make regular connections between their coursework and Science Bowl, benefiting them both in competition and academically. Stephen notes that he finds himself, "listening in class for stuff relevant to Science Bowl." Ben adds, "Science Bowl questions require reasoning skills that can help on other kinds of tests or in your classes."
Minnetonka High School teams also did well. Minnetonka's Team 1 came in second place and Team 2 took third place. Maple Grove's Team 2 was recognized for their good sportsmanship with the Civility Award. For complete results, CLICK HERE.