The U.S. Department of Energy held its Western New York Regional Science Bowl Competition on March 3rd at St. Christopher’s School in Buffalo, New York. Allendale Columbia sent a team of Middle School students to participate for the 13th year in a row in this past-faced and intense academic competition. The National Science Bowl (NSB) is a science and math competition using a quiz bowl format with buzzers. The competition has been organized and sponsored by the United States Department of Energy since its inception in 1991.
The Allendale Columbia team consisting of 8th grader Mary Cotter, 7th graders Kai Polozie, Tommy Duver, and Jack Erdle, and 6th grader Brayden Burke competed in eight rounds of competition answering questions in the fields of space, geology, math, energy, chemistry, physics, and biology. The AC team won 5 out of the 8 matches, which earned them a 3rd place trophy.
I had the pleasure of coaching the team. What is most exciting about the success of this year’s team is that winning teams usually consist of all 8th graders. We had incredible success with younger students, and the future of the program looks very strong.
Tina DuverAt Allendale Columbia, Tina serves as the Head of Middle School. She has taught Science and Leadership at AC for over 20 years. She also served as Assistant Head of the Middle School and Dean of Students. Tina earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Environmental Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She brings her natural curiosity, energy, and excitement to education. Tina is also a die-hard Red Sox fan.
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