A team of five competitors from Panhandle Junior High School capped off an eventful visit last week to the nation's capital with a 2nd place finish in the electric car race competition at the National Science Bowl.
Coach Kevin Meyer said the team competed hard, but was barely edged out at the finish line of the final race.
"Our team was very proud of that finish, only 15/100 of a second difference from first place," Meyer said. "We had a great time and will treasure the experience forever."
The academic portion of the Science Bowl is supplemented each year for middle school students with a battery powered car race that gives competitors the chance to apply their knowledge to designing a car to compete on a 20-meter track.
The Panhandle team won the right to represent the area at the national competition by besting 40 other teams in the Pantex Middle School Science Bowl competition in February. They were joined on the trip by a team from Lubbock High School, which won the high school competition.
The Department of Energy sponsors the Science Bowl competition each year to give students across the country a chance to compete in a contest of science and math knowledge. More than 50 regional competitions are conducted, with the winners having the chance to represent their area in Washington.
Debra Halliday, Science Bowl coordinator, traveled with the team as a sponsor and said the students relished the chance to demonstrate their knowledge of science and math, and to visit some of the iconic locations in Washington.
"It was such a pleasure to see this team do so well this year. They worked hard for a long time to receive this recognition," Halliday said.
The members of the team are: Bradlee Brandvik, Arianna Hann, Samuel Koone, Noah Ford and Grace Kuehler.