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On Saturday, March 2, Berlin Middle and High School sent teams to compete in the annual Regional Qualifier for the Department of Energy National Science Bowl, which was held at The GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY.

Middle School team members (l-r) Riley Smith, Raymond Ericson, Daniel Rivera, Alex Chrisikos, Logan Dunlop, Charlie Brand and Connor Sniger (back right) with their gravity-powered vehicle.

Middle School team members (l-r) Riley Smith, Raymond Ericson, Daniel Rivera, Alex Chrisikos, Logan Dunlop, Charlie Brand and Connor Sniger (back right) with their gravity-powered vehicle.

The Berlin middle school team members were Charlie Brand, Alex Chrisikos, Logan Dunlop, Raymond Ericson, Daniel Rivera, Riley Smith and Connor Sniger. The team placed sixth overall in the gravity-powered vehicle design competition.

The Berlin high school team members were Adison Colin, Melanie de Laurentiis, Gretta Hermann, Holly Hermann, and Max Lockett. They defeated Amsterdam, Burnt Hills, Ballston Lake, Saratoga Springs and Schenectady High School before falling to 11-time champions, Bethlehem High School, 38-34 on the very last question of the quarter-final round.  Berlin High School team members (l-r) Greta Hermann, Melanie DeLaurentis, Adison Colin, Max Lockett, Steve Mellor (teacher/coach), Matt Christian (teacher/coach), and Holly Hermann.

In the afternoon competition, the middle school team put on a very strong performance in the question and answer rounds earning themselves a place in the semifinals. They came up just a bit short in the semifinals and were defeated by Acadia Middle School from Saratoga Springs.

Berlin Middle and High School Science teachers and Science Bowl Coaches (l-r) Steve Mellor, Matt Christian and Brendan Scannell.

Berlin Middle and High School Science teachers and Science Bowl Coaches (l-r) Steve Mellor, Matt Christian and Brendan Scannell.