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MSMS Students Win Regional Science Bowl, Headed to Washington, D.C.

A team from MSMS will represent Mississippi in the 25th Annual National Science Bowl (NSB) in Washington, D.C.

Friday afternoon, two MSMS teams won all three qualifying rounds of the competition, held at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. Unfortunately, MSMS Team One was eliminated by Oxford High School in the first round of elimination. However, MSMS Team Two won their side of the bracket and faced that same Oxford team for the final match.  MSMS Team Two came out on top defeating Oxford 32-22.

With the victory, Jenny BoBo, Jason Necaise, William Kao, Jacob Crosno, Melinun Zhou, and MSMS faculty member Jed Leggett will represent MSMS and Mississippi in the NSB which will take place April 30 in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations also goes out to Kate Johnson, Daniel Murphy, Joseph Scott, Tom Pan, and Michael Kyzar for a perfect record in the qualifying rounds. 

"Both teams worked extremely hard to get to this point, " MSMS Coach Jed Leggett said. "It is exciting to know that we will have the great opportunity to represent not only our school but our state at this year's national competition."

Nineteen teams representing 12 schools were in attendance for the competition held on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. Each team was made up of four students, an alternate player, and a coach. The teams competed in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they had to solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics, and math. 

"The National Science Bowl has grown into one of the most prestigious science academic competitions in the country and challenges students to excel in fields vital to America's future, "U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz said. "I congratulate these students for advancing to the National Finals, where they will be among some of the brightest science and math students from across the country."

Because MSMS hosted and helped coordinate the Middle School Regional Science Bowl earlier in the year, faculty member Dr. Bill Odom will also be representing MSMS at the NSB.

Follow MSMS's progress by visiting the NSB website.

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