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North Hollywood High places 2nd at National Science Bowl

April 30, 2012 | 12:11 pm

A five-student team from North Hollywood High School on Monday finished second at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

This is the fourth time that the school has placed second in the competition. The school has qualified for the national tournament 14 of the last 15 years and placed first in 2001, said Walter Zeisel of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which sponsored the regional competition.

The team placed second among 69 teams. Team members are junior Chiyoung Kim and seniors Kennedy Agwamba, Vivek Banerjee, Daniel Bork and Rain Tsong.

Bork said the team had several close calls during the competition and just squeaked by some teams to finish in second place.

“I feel better than you might expect, considering just how unlikely it was for us to get there in the first place,” he said. “We had so many close calls and could have finished much lower than we did.”

The competition is the largest of its kind in the United States.

“Its been a great ride,” said Altair Maine, the team’s coach. “I’m going to miss them when they go to college.”

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