Ripley High School wins Science Bowl

The Ripley High School A Team won the annual Science Bowl hosted by RESA 5 and West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Members are Ryan Neil, Alex Lowe, Chris Neil, Alex Hill and Jeri Patterson. The coach is Barbara Heckert. Ripley and teams from Tyler Consolidated High School and Parkersburg High School, second and third place finishers, will compete in the state science bowl on Feb. 3-4 in Morgantown. (Photo Provided)

The Ripley High School A Team won the annual Science Bowl hosted by RESA 5 and West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Members are Ryan Neil, Alex Lowe, Chris Neil, Alex Hill and Jeri Patterson. The coach is Barbara Heckert. Ripley and teams from Tyler Consolidated High School and Parkersburg High School, second and third place finishers, will compete in the state science bowl on Feb. 3-4 in Morgantown. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Ripley High School’s A Team won the annual Science Bowl hosted by RESA 5 and West Virginia University at Parkersburg on Dec. 13.

Fifteen teams from nine high schools in the RESA 5 service area competed for the chance to proceed to the West Virginia Regional Science Bowl.

The Ripley High School A Team members are Ryan Neil, Alex Lowe, Chris Neil, Alex Hill and Jeri Patterson. They are coached by Barbara Heckert.

Tyler Consolidated High School took second place in the competition. Members of the team are Mya Ingram, Kara Smith, Simon Wirth, Luke Daugherty and Hannah Ankrom and the coach is Joe Griffith

The A Team from Parkersburg High School won third place. Members are Jerry Wang, Trenton McGary, Tyler Holbert, Joey Shepard and Ethan Weaver and the coach is Lisa Berry.

The top three teams advance to the Regional Science Bowl Feb. 3-4 at the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown. At that event the teams will face off against other top teams from around West Virginia for the chance to compete in the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

The National Science Bowl is sponsored by the Department of Energy.

Parkersburg High School’s B Team placed fourth and will be added to a pool of alternates from across the state and may also be extended an invitation to compete in Morgantown. B Team members are Andrew Gnegy, Murad Hamirani, Nia Fernandes, Wyatt Strobl and Jared Schmidt. Berry also coaches the B Team.

Other teams competing in the RESA 5 Regional Science Bowl were Parkersburg Catholic High School A and B Teams, Parkersburg High School’s C Team, Ripley High School’s B Team, Ritchie County High School, Roane County High School, St. Marys High School’s A and B Teams, Williamstown High School and Wirt County High School’s A and B Teams.

RESA 5 is one of eight Regional Education Service Agencies in West Virginia.  RESA 5 serves the educational systems in Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood counties.

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