Cape Elizabeth team headed to D.C. after winning regional Science Bowl

A team of five Cape Elizabeth High School students will be packing their bags for Washington, D.C. this spring after claiming the Northern New England Science Bowl championship over the weekend in Gorham.

The winning Cape Elizabeth High School team of (from left) Melissa Stewart, Charlotte Rutty, Ian McInerney, captain Ethan DiNinno, Paul Hamerski and Coach Shawn Guerrette. (photo courtesy of USM)

According to a news release from event host University of Southern Maine, the Science Bowl is a quiz show-style competition not unlike “Jeopardy,” in which competitors can be grilled on a range of topics that includes biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth sciences and mathematics.

Portland-based Waynflete School came in second, and the participants from the Contoocook Valley Regional High School of Peterborough, N.H., claimed the Larry Gray Award for Team Civility.

Nationwide, these Science Bowls are a U.S. Department of Energy program, and the National Science Bowl (April 26-30) will be hosted by department officials in D.C. That’s where the Capers will be headed.

Locally, the event was sponsored by USM, Texas Instruments Corporation and IDEXX, with USM faculty members Rob Sanford and Bob Kuech coordinating the event and its 55 volunteers.

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