BMHS Energy Team
Members of at Energy Team created several years ago at Ballard County Middle School now are sophomores at Ballard Memorial High School. Shown from left are Matt Miller, Noah Overby, Cutler Phillippe, Staci Henderson, Brandt Marinelli and Hannah Morrow. For the second year in a row, they competed in the Department of Energy’s West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl on Feb. 21 at Crounse Hall on the University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering – Paducah Campus.
Accompanying teacher Gary Willis said the team advanced one round farther this year and placed in the top half of the 17-team field, beating St. Mary and McCracken County high school teams along the way. Calloway County High School was the eventual winner, and will represent western Kentucky in the high school competition of DOE’s National Science Bowl, held in Washington, D.C., from April 24-28.
The Science Bowl tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science, mathematics, and energy. Middle and high school student teams consist of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. The fast-paced, question-and-answer format covers a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, energy, and math.
Bowling Green-based Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science finished second and Paducah Tilghman High School finished third in the regional competition. Other high schools competing were Fulton County, Henderson County, West Kentucky Home Schools United and Union County. Seven of the 10 schools competing sent two teams.
DOE’s Regional Science Bowl for middle schools will be held Feb. 28 at the same site. The winner of that competition will represent western Kentucky in the middle school competition of the DOE National Science Bowl. Middle school teams also will build and race a lithium polymer battery-powered model car in the Electric Car Competition. Ballard will be among the MS teams in competition, along with Calloway, Graves, Lyon, Henderson North, South Marshall counties, and Heath, Lone Oak, Murray, Paducah.
DOE, the University of Kentucky, the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Partnership, the Ballard County Industrial Board, Pro2Serve, and Paducah Water sponsor the event.