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Team from North Hollywood High wins DWP's regional Science Bowl

February 26, 2011 | 10:13 pm

North Hollywood High School Team A won the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s 19th annual Science Bowl Regional Competition held Saturday in downtown Los Angeles.

As a regional title holder, the team will travel to Washington, D.C., with all expenses paid by the U.S. Department of Energy, to represent Los Angeles at the National Science Bowl from April 28 to May 2. Team members also win the Hitachi Scholarship, according to the DWP.

Last year the regional championship team from North Hollywood High School placed third at the National Science Bowl.  Previous DWP regional winning teams captured four national titles and placed among the top five teams nationally 10 times.

Harvard-Westlake School Team B won second place, while Bravo Medical Magnet High School Team A finished third and North Hollywood High School Team B finished fourth.

Students demonstrated problem-solving abilities in the Franklin Lu Hands-On Competition, named after the late DWP electrical engineer and Science Bowl volunteer. This year’s competition involved solving a series of puzzles, complex chemical formulas and designing, assembling and flying paper airplanes within a limited amount of time.

The first-place Franklin Lu Hands-On trophy went to Lincoln High School Team B. Team members receive the First Wind Scholarship. The second-place award was presented to Reseda High School Team B. Third and fourth places were awarded to Granada Hills Charter High School Team B and Bravo Medical Magnet High School Team B, respectively.

The DWP Science Bowl is held each year and tests students' reflexes, teamwork skills and knowledge in a television game show format.  The DWP is one of only a few utilities in the nation to serve as a coordinating regional sponsor and host.

In addition to the DWP, sponsors for this year’s Science Bowl included First Wind, the Hitachi Southern California Regional Community Action Committee, the Hitachi Foundation, Clary Corp., IEEE, the Water and Power Community Credit Union, the Engineers’ Council, Office Depot, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The DWP is the nation’s largest municipally owned utility in the nation, with 1.4 million customers. 

-- Monte Morin

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