Bronze Medals at National Science Bowl

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A Locust Valley Middle School team earned a bronze medal in the Long Island regional competition for the National Science Bowl held at Brookhaven National Laboratory on March 3. Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the event brings 20 schools from Long Island together to compete in a science competition.

Throughout the day, teams of middle school students answered questions on Earth science, physical science, life science, math and general science. The competition consists of a round robin followed by a single elimination final. Locust Valley Middle School entered two teams in this year’s competition. Coaches Christopher Hoppner and Julie Feltman prepared the teams for the questions.

Team A consisted of eighth-graders Nicky Berritto, Theo Burns, Mary Jane Erskin and Gia Villella. Following a tense three-way tie breaker, the team won its division and moved on to the final round. They finished third in the competition, with each student receiving a bronze medal, along with a large trophy for display in the middle school. 

Team B included eighth-graders Emma Barnaby, Trinity Benstock, Elizabeth Dunne and Griffen Postley, and seventh-grader Reilly Souther. They earned second place in an extremely tough division, winning three of their four matches. Although they did not move on to the finals, they have much to be proud of.

“I am extremely proud of the effort and long hours put in by both teams. They are beyond exceptional students, and it is always an honor to work with them,” Mr. Hoppner said.