Texas High Schools to Compete at Science Bowl

  • Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 12:00 am

Teams from 16 area schools vie for regional title

AMARILLO, Texas – Thirty teams, comprised of the best and brightest from 16 Texas high schools, will demonstrate their academic proficiency Saturday, Feb. 21, in the ultimate brain game.

The students will go head-to-head at the Pantex High School Science Bowl at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU). The event is sponsored by Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS), managing and operating contractor for the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, on behalf of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE)/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

Science Bowl is a fast-paced academic competition in which teams of four students answer questions about biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, energy, mathematics and physics. The teams compete in a round-robin format in the morning, followed by a double elimination tournament after lunch.

“Science Bowl gives students who love math and science an event designed especially for them.” said Michelle Reichert, CNS Vice President and Pantex Site Manager. “They are the next generation of scientists and engineers who will one day help support the Pantex Plant’s important mission.”

The winning team will join Bonham Middle School, winner of the Feb. 7 Pantex Middle School Science Bowl, in April at the National Science Bowl® in Washington, D.C.

Introduced in 1991 to foster an interest in science and math, the National Science Bowl® is DOE’s longest-running educational outreach program.

CNS will award the winner of Saturday’s event $1,000 for their school’s science program. The second and third place teams receive $500 and $250, respectively.

About 100 Pantex Plant and NNSA Production Office employees and retirees, as well as volunteers from WTAMU and Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Pharmacy, will serve as competition officials.

Media is invited to attend the Science Bowl starting at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Classroom Center at West Texas A&M University. Media will be able to film or photograph the competition and interviews with contestants and volunteers will be available. Please come to room 401 and ask for Allison Roberts, CNS External Communications. The competition will run from 1 p.m. through the final round, which starts at 4 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony.

Schools participating in this year’s Pantex High School Science Bowl are:

Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning (two teams)
Amarillo High School (three teams)
Ascension Academy (two teams)
Caprock High School (three teams)
Dumas High School (two teams)
Estacado High School (two teams)
Friona High School
Higgins High School
Holy Cross Catholic Academy (two teams)
Lazbuddie High School (two teams)
Lubbock High School (two teams)
Palo Duro High School
Panhandle High School (two teams)
Randall High School (three teams)
Shallowater High School
West Texas High School


Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) operates the Pantex Plant, located in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, under a single contract for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, and CNS performs its work with a focus on the performance excellence and the imperatives of safety, security, zero defects and delivery as promised.

For more information on each site, visit www.pantex.com or www.y12.doe.gov. Follow Pantex on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Follow Y-12 on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.


Allison Roberts
External Communications
Office (806) 477-6065
Mobile (806) 418-9693