Bianca Sponseller, Nathan Tanner, Eliana Hornbuckle, Andrew Barloon and Alec Sutton (left to right in the picture) competed in the National Science Bowl Competition Saturday, Jan. 26, at Iowa State University.

The Nevada squad finished the morning with a record of 1 - 2 - 0. The first two losses came against Dubuque Hempstead and Ottumwa (both schools qualified for afternoon double elimination championship bracket). Nevada had a bye first round, a no contest second and win against Ogden in their final round.

I know that our team was disappointed about failing to advance through the morning session into the championship bracket in the afternoon. We were a fairly young and inexperienced squad this year. Bianca, Alec and Andrew were rookies, this was Eliana’s second year and Nathan’s second year as well after taking a year off.

Both of our losses were extremely tight matches that could have gone either way — the best analogy I can give is a one-possession game in basketball. When given the opportunity to close out the match or even it up, we missed the shot down the stretch and the other team hit a clutch 3. If either one of those matches goes the other way, we would have advanced into the double elimination bracket.

It is a really cool experience for students from all around the state — to be on campus, to be in the room with various ISU professors, grad students, Ph.D. students in Hoover Hall, Pearson and Howe — to hear and see some of the cool things going on at ISU at Ames National Laboratory.

This was the 29th year that ISU has hosted the a regional competition for National Science Bowl, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Pleasant Valley was the winner this year (earning an all-expenses paid trip to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.), WDM Valley was second and Ames High finished third.

A link to Iowa’s regional page: