LOS ANGELES — Demonstrating grace under pressure, lightning quick reflexes and an outstanding grasp of advanced science, math and technology concepts,  North Hollywood High School Team A won the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) annual Science Bowl Regional Competition held today in downtown Los Angeles.  This marks the 16th regional championship won by North Hollywood High School.

As the regional champion, team members each receive the $1,000 Hitachi Scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. April 30 to May 4 to represent the City of Los Angeles and compete at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl. The trip is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science. The North Hollywood team will compete in a field of 69 regional high school champions from 40 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  A total of 10 teams from California will participate.

Previous LADWP regional winning teams have some of the best records at the National Science Bowl, having captured four national titles and placed among the top five teams 11 times.

Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School Team A also gave an impressive performance in placing second.  The third place winner was North Hollywood High School Team B, while Harvard Westlake School Team A placed fourth.

Students also showed math, problem solving and time management abilities in the special Water and Power Community Credit Union Hands-On Competition.  This year’s competition involved a series of challenging questions and puzzles as well as construction of towers using simple materials.

In this competition, Palisades Charter High School Team B was the recipient of the first place Franklin Lu Hands-On Trophy, presented in memory of the late LADWP engineer and Science Bowl volunteer.  Team members received a $250 scholarship. The second place scholarship award was presented to Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet  High School Team B.  Third and fourth place scholarships were awarded to Granada Hills Charter High School Team B and Van Nuys High School Team A, respectively. The Water and Power Community Credit Union sponsored all the scholarships in the hands-on competition this year.

Science Bowl is a proud LADWP tradition and excellent example of the Department’s commitment to the Los Angeles educational community.  Each year, the LADWP Science Bowl tests the region’s sharpest students’ reflexes, teamwork skills and knowledge in a fun competitive atmosphere using a television game show format that involves toss-up and bonus questions, buzzers and timed responses.

In addition to LADWP and the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, sponsors for this year’s Science Bowl included, the Hitachi Southern California Regional Community Action Committee, the Water and Power Community Credit Union, IEEE’s Industrial Applications Society Metro LA Chapter, Gelson’s Markets, Office Depot, LA CityView Ch. 35, and the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Office of Curriculum, Instruction and School Support and its television station KLCS Ch. 58.

The event was also made possible through the efforts of 100 volunteers comprised mainly of LADWP employees, their famililes, and past Science Bowl participants from the LADWP Science Bowl and other regions.

Currently, in addition to Science Bowl, LADWP Education Programs include the Adopt-A-School Program, Youth Service Academy and an electric safety program for grades 4-6. LADWP is also partnering this school year with the California Environmental Education Foundation, the California Department of Water Resources, Metropolitan Water District and Sandia National Labs on a teacher institute on “Best Practices of Environmental Education and Stewardship.”  LADWP is also working with LAUSD and six non-profit groups on water and energy conservation programs at selected elementary, middle and high schools located in the city.

The National Science Bowl is among the nation’s largest high school science-based academic competitions and the only one sponsored by a federal agency. Since it’s inception in 1991 more than 225,000 students have participated in the program. The national sponsor is the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science.

LADWP is one of only a few utilities in the nation to serve as a coordinating regional science bowl sponsor and host.  The LADWP is the nation’s largest municipally-owned utility with more than 1.4 million customers.

# # #