Students from two Treasure Valley schools headed to National Science Bowl

March 7, 2014 

Boise High students Nathan Marshall, from left, Eric Huang, Karthik Mouli and Yoon Ji Ra will represent Southwest Idaho in the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl next month. Teacher Robert Bellomy is their adviser.


Boise will be well represented in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl next month.

A Boise High School team of four students will head to Washington, D.C., in April to compete after beating out out 26 other teams in southwest Idaho for the right to represent the region.

Last month, the Treasure Valley Math and Science Center in Boise topped seven other Treasure Valley teams and will go to the middle school championships.

Boise High has not participated in the bowl for several years, said Robert Bellomy, a physics teacher at the school.

Yoon Ji Ra, a Boise High senior, asked him if the school was going to field a team. Bellomy told her that if she could put together a team, he would help them.

She gathered three other students and Bellomy signed on as an adviser.

Competitions require students to quickly provide answers to complex science problems, much like the old TV program G.E. College Bowl.

The nation's top 16 high school teams and the top eight middle school teams in the finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments.

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