Nevada completed in the in the 2018 National Science Bowl competition Saturday at Iowa State University with students Malachi Hornbuckle, Madeleine Humpal-Pash, Hanah Anderson-Earles, and Eliana Hornbuckle.

Nevada was undefeated in the morning round-robin competition, beating Iowa City West in the first round, Madrid in the second round, Dubuque Hempstead in the third round and had a bye in the fourth round. The team’s performance in the morning round-robin competition qualified the team for the afternoon double elimination championship bracket. Nevada lost its opening match to Dubuque Senior, won their play-back match against Iowa City Regina and was finally eliminated by Pleasant Valley.

This was the first time Nevada has made it past the morning round-robin competition and participated in the championship bracket.

Nevada science instructor and advisor to the team, Ryan Brown, said, “We did a better job of preparing for this event this year. Our team had a little more experience this year; not only did they understand the strategy and gamesmanship better, but the majority of the team had spent another year in higher level math and science classes. They were much more confident. It was very exciting to make it into the championship bracket. I am very proud of their effort, confidence and the nature in which they competed on Saturday.”

Johnston took first place and earned a trip to the nation finals in Washington, D.C. Ames was second and DSM Valley was third.