BY REBECCA BENNETT – The team from Nicholas Orem Middle School will advance to the Science Bowl semifinals for the first time.  Team captain David Sanchez and eighth-graders Stan Amouzou, Michael Blackwell, and Paul Oriala competed on September 23.

The recapped the match and spoke to some of the players:

Michael, an eighth-grader at Nicholas Orem Middle School in Hyattsville, said he knew the answer to a multiple choice question about a femoral prosthesis because of his father’s surgery.

“My dad had a hip replacement. That’s the only way I could actually get that,” Michael said.

The 25-point question — the highest value in the Jeopardy!-style quiz show for Prince George’s County elementary and middle schools — ended a four-question streak during which neither Nicholas Orem nor the team from Thomas G. Pullen Creative Arts Academy in Landover could offer a correct answer.

According to Prince George’s County Public Schools, more than 7,000 children have participated in elementary and middle school competitions since the Science Bowl began in 1986. This year’s competition features 40 elementary and 16 middle schools.
Videos from the competition will be available online.  Students will return on March 17, 2015 to play in the middle school semifinals and finals.