It was called a "Battle of Wits" and Tehachapi High students Cheyanne Anderson, Ryan Bilotta, Sam Gillam, Max Greason and Brandon Choa made up the winning team, beating competitors in the regional National Science Bowl competition held last Saturday -- and now they're headed to the national competition in April.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Central California competition was one of 120 held across the country.
Now in its 23rd year, the competition was established to encourage students in the challenging but essential subjects of science and mathematics; to excel and ultimately pursue careers in those fields.
It's succeeding. Since its inception, more than 225,000 students have participated in what has become one of the nation's largest science competitions. This year, about 9,500 more high school students and 4,500 middle school students were involved.
In the regional competitions, teams of four students each were faced with tough mathematical problems and tested on their knowledge of a vast number of areas including astronomy, biology, Earth science and physics. Regional winners earned fully-paid trips to Washington D.C. for the National Finals, scheduled for April 25-29.
Other schools competing Saturday included California City, Liberty, Centennial, Frazier Mountain, Stockdale, West, Highland, Shafter, Bakersfield, Arroyo Grande, Templeton, West High, Arvin and Golden Valley.