Oxford Middle School Places First in MS Regional Middle School Science Bowl

Jackson, Miss. (March 11, 2013) – Students from Oxford Middle School in Oxford, Miss., were crowned champions of the 2013 Mississippi Regional Middle School Science Bowl held February 23 at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS) in Columbus, Miss. Co-sponsored by the Mississippi Development Authority’s (MDA’s) Energy and Natural Resources Division, Tennessee Valley Authority, MSMS and the Mississippi Science Teachers Association, this year’s Regional Middle School Science Bowl featured 31 teams representing middle schools from around the state.
Coached by instructor Shara Minton, the Oxford Middle School team included students Shawn Chao, Anish Ravishankar, Nitin Ankisetty, Dylan Howard and Tamjeed Azad. After winning the Mississippi event, the Oxford team will compete with over 40 other regional middle school winners in the National Middle School Science Bowl April 25-29 at the National 4-H Center in Washington, D.C.
Germantown Middle School in Madison, Miss., finished the 2013 competition as runner-up.
“The Oxford Middle School team performed impressively in the competition, and we are pleased that the team will represent Mississippi at the National Science Bowl in our nation’s capital next month,” said Gayle Sims, education/outreach manager for MDA’s Energy and Natural Resources Division. “This year’s event was a huge success and we couldn’t be more proud of the participating schools and their outstanding students.”
Other Mississippi middle schools that competed in this year’s event were Booneville R.H. Long, Brookhaven Academy, Carver Middle, Christ Covenant, Clinton Junior High, East Rankin Academy, Heritage Academy, Margaret Green Junior High, New Hope Middle, Northwest Rankin, North Pontotoc Middle, St. Andrews Episcopal, Starkville Academy and Tupelo Middle School.
The National Middle School Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science. High school and middle school children are quizzed in a fast-paced question-and-answer format similar to the popular television series, “Jeopardy.” The U.S. Department of Energy created the competition in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science. One of the largest science competitions in the world, the National Middle School Science Bowl has attracted more than 225,000 participants in its 22-year history.

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