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Two W.Va. Schools Heading to National Science Bowl


Students from two Monongalia County schools are representing West Virginia in the National Science Bowl.

The event will be held Friday through next Monday at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The State Journal reports Morgantown High School and Suncrest Middle School in Morgantown advanced to the national competition by winning state regional competitions in February.

Morgantown High coach Joe Melia attributes his team’s success to their motivation and love science.

“And they enjoy the competition and they enjoy being able to represent West Virginia so well,” Melia said.

Morgantown High is no stranger to success when it comes to the Science Bowl. Melia said the school has made it to the national finals in three out of the past four years.

“I think four years ago, we got fourth place in the nation. And then last year, we ended up getting 13th in the nation,” he said.

Melia says he likes to have students with a variety of ages on the team so experience can build from one year to the next.

The top 16 high school finishers and the eight best middle school teams in the finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments.