The Locust Valley Middle School Science Bowl Team earned second place in the New York State Regionals of the National Science Bowl held at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  These students competed among twenty teams from twelve schools across Long Island in a head-to-head, round robin style competition, with the Locust Valley team just missing the first place title.  

The team consisted of eighth grader Lucas Ferrante, seventh grader Alim Merchant and sixth graders Nils Coffey and Liam Pharr. These young scientists won all four of their matches in the morning with extremely impressive victories. In a few cases, they they won their matches by more than 100 points, answering difficult science questions correctly over and over again.

In the afternoon, during the double elimination round, the team suffered its first defeat at the hands of the team from Commack, a seasoned team with three prior trips to the nationals, and comprised almost entirely of eighth graders. The difference between scores came down to one question and the bonus question attached to it.

Science Bowl Coach and Science Research Coordinator Chris Hoppner said it was the most exciting Science Bowl competition he has seen in his career.  “I am extremely proud of how well our students performed, especially since they are such a new and young team, with only one player ever competing prior to this. They are definitely a credit to their school and to their parents.”  

Congratulations to the entire team on this outstanding accomplishment!


Click here to read the Newsday story about the event.