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Teams compete at WV State University in regional science bowl

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It was brains over brawn at West Virginia State University on Friday. WVSU's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics hosted the Dr. James E. Brimhall Science Bowl. A total of 17 teams from nine high schools across the region competed inside Hamblin Hall.

Faculty served as judges and moderators for the competition. Members of the WVSU student chapter of the American Chemical Society kept score and served as guides. "These high school students represent the future of science and education in West Virginia," said Dr. Michael Fultz, assistant professor of Chemistry at WVSU. "The state of West Virginia needs these students who are competing in the competition to pursue that STEM field to keep West Virginia competitive nationally and internationally."

Competitors came from Boone, Clay Putnam and Kanawha Counties. Teams were selected to compete in the double elimination tournament at random.

  • Capital High School
  • George Washington High School
  • Nitro High School
  • Riverside High School
  • St. Albans High School
  • Scott High School
  • Sherman High School
  • South Charleston High School
  • Winfield High School

Capital High School's Team A, the team from Winfield High School and George Washington High School's Team A qualified as the top three teams and will advance to the state competition in the spring.

In addition to the competition, Dr. Gerald Hankins presented a seminar on cancer research and Dr. Barbara Liedl discussed research of specialty crops and plant breeding. Students, coaches and parents were invited to tour the WVSU campus and enjoy the university experience firsthand. Representatives from WVSU's Admissions and Financial Aid offices were available to talk with students and their parents about preparing for college.

The Dr. James E. Brimhall Science Bowl is named in honor of late professor, Jim Brimhall, an experimental nuclear physicist at Hamline University in Minnesota and at the University of Pittsburgh. He began teaching at WVSU in 1966 and later became an administrator, serving 11 years as Vice President of Administration before returning to teach physics full-time.