West Feliciana High students have super showing at National Science Bowl _lowres

Photo provided by Jonathan Simmons -- The West Feliciana High School team of Nneka Nwabueze, De'Asia Smith, Ainsley Rothschild, Daniel Lathrop and biology teacher-coach Jonathan Simmons, from left, participated in the regional round of the National Science Bowl against Baton Rouge Magnet and McKinley High School on March 5 in New Orleans.

A West Feliciana High School team of four students and a teacher who served as an advisor and coach recently competed in the regional competition of the National Science Bowl sponsored by the Department of Energy and managed by its Office of Science.

Middle and high school students pitted their math and science knowledge — along with their reflexes — against one another in a series of 116 regional middle and high school tournaments across the country from January through March. The West Feliciana team of Daniel Lathrop, Nneka Nwabueze, Ainsley Rothschild and De’Asia Smith along with biology teacher Jonathan Simmons faced off in a fast-paced, question-and-answer format against Baton Rouge Magnet and McKinley high schools, among others at the University of New Orleans on March 5.

Though Baton Rouge High won and will head to the national championships April 28 through May 2 in Washington, D.C., the West Feliciana team did extremely well in the competition, Simmons said.

The National Science Bowl is an academic competition that tests students’ knowledge on a range of science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy and math.