Lone Oak High School is the U.S. Department of Energy’s Regional High School Science Bowl winner and will compete in the National Science Bowl April 26-30 in Washington, D.C.
The five-student Lone Oak team won the Feb. 10 regional competition in Crounse Hall on the University of Kentucky Extension Campus at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. Two teams from Gatton Academy of Bowling Green finished second and third. Gatton won the contest last year.
Two of the winning Lone Oak High School team members were on the squad two years ago when Lone Oak won the Regional High School Science Bowl. The repeat victory bolsters Lone Oak’s standing as one of the leading academic teams in the region, Coach Charles Fountain said.
“There are some very tough competitors in this part of Kentucky,” he said.
A fast-paced, question-and-answer format similar to the Jeopardy TV game show tests teams of students in all areas of science and mathematics. Lone Oak team members cover much of the subject matter in the classroom but cram for the competition with practice questions, said Nikolas Anderson, squad captain.
“Energy-related questions are the hardest because there is no textbook for them,” he said.
Fifteen high school teams competed, with a few schools having two teams. Other competitors were Livingston Central, Fulton County, Calloway County, St. Mary, Paducah Tilghman, Hickman County, Hopkinsville, Mayfield, and Henderson County.