Carmichael students make a run at Science Bowl national title

When the kids on the Winston Churchill Middle School Science Bowl team got started in October, a global pandemic wasn’t on the radar. Neither was a top spot in the national Science Bowl competition.

Churchill’s team consisted of eighth-graders Elyas Nuh, Harish Premkumar, Benjamin Wang and Sky Yip, and seventh-grader Aatreyo Bhattacharyya. In January, when they earned a spot in the national competition, they were on top of the world and ready to head to Washington, D.C., for the finals. Instead, they finished the year on a Zoom competition, but that doesn’t make their fifth-place finish any less sweet.

“Our Science Bowl Season has been excellent,” Nuh said. “Surprisingly, we actually won regionals for the first time in Churchill’s history. And after that we got fifth place in nationals, so it was a pretty exciting year.”

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