Quick thinking skills and a mastery of math, earth science, life science and physical science enabled one of two Cooper teams to make it to the finals and capture second place in the Junior High Science Bowl held on February 8.
Under the guidance of eighth grade science teachers Jamie Shick and Uma Desabhotla, two Cooper teams participated in the science bowl for the first time.
A total of 15 teams participated in the competition sponsored by Education for Tomorrow Alliance that requires students to work in teams of four to answer fast-paced, timed questions on astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and current events.
Cooper students prepared for the competition as part of Dragon Elective last semester. Team One advanced to the Championship round after a successful seven rounds to face a team from McCullough, placing second overall by a narrow margin. “We are extremely proud of all the students who took part in this competition,” Desabhotla said.
Team One consisted of eighth grader Neel Pandula (captain), seventh graders Armaan Ahmad and Krishna Venugopal and sixth grader Zachary Diaz. Team 2 consisted of eighth graders Norah Tinsley (captain) and Milan Milisavljevic and seventh graders Violet Boyd and Saami Baig.
One of the event organizers, Mary Littlejohn, had kind words for the Cooper students. “Your students seem to have a lot of fun and one team made it all the way to the Championship round! It sure was a close one. Your students were quite gracious to the other teams and we look forward to having you return again next year.”
The John Cooper School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory day school. Our mission is to provide a challenging education in a caring environment to a diverse group of select students, enabling them to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.