Central Academy Second in Ames Lab Science Bowl

Pictured: (front row l-r) Edel Aron, Max Pilcher, and Granger Carty; (back row l-r) Assistant coach Sarah Davitt, Luis Martinez, Vaibhav Srikaran, coach Scott Schoneberg, and Ames Laboratory Assistant Director for Scientific Planning Cynthia Jenks.

Central Academy finished second to Ames High School in the championship match of the 2014 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl on Saturday.

Central Academy, comprised of Max Pilcher, Granger Carty, Edel Aron, Luis Martinez and Vaibhav Srikaran, topped defending champion Pleasant Valley High School (Bettendorf) 60-54 in the semifinals to earn the rematch with Ames. Dubuque Hempstead finished fourth. To see the complete results of the afternoon finals competition, click here.

Sickness and scheduling conflicts reduced the field for this year’s event to 37 teams, down from 40 last year.

Other schools competing besides those listed above were:  Ankeny, Bettendorf, Boone, Boyer Valley (two teams), Cedar Falls, Centennial (Ankeny), Central Clinton (DeWitt), Chariton, Clear Creek Amana, Davenport North, Dubuque Senior, Fort Dodge, Greene County (Jefferson), Grinnell-Newburg, Home Schools of Eastern Iowa, Indianola, Johnston, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, LeMars, Lynnville-Sully, Madrid, Mid Prairie, Monticello, Mt. Pleasant, Ogden, Iowa City Regina, Council Bluffs St. Albert, Urbandale, Valley, Dubuque Wahlert, and Winterset.

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory operated by Iowa State University and creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions.