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HURON, S.D.— Western Area Power Administration is hosting the 25th annual South Dakota Regional High School Science Bowl, a math and science competition for high school students, Feb 17 at the Huron Event Center, 100 4th Street SW, in Huron, beginning at 8 a.m.

The fast-paced quiz format of the competition will challenge the students’ knowledge of biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy and math. After a morning round-robin format, there will be a double-elimination round at 1 p.m. The championship round is set for about 4 p.m.

Students representing 15 schools from throughout South Dakota will vie for first place and a free trip to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 26-30. The regional and national events encourage student involvement in math and science, inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields, and reward superior academic achievement.

Rapid City Stevens High School, winner of the 2017 South Dakota Regional High School Science Bowl, will defend its title against the other participating schools: 

  • Aberdeen Central
  • Centerville
  • Dakota Valley
  • Eagle Butte
  • Hanson
  • Hitchcock-Tulare
  • Huron
  • Mitchell
  • Northwestern
  • Parker
  • Rapid City Central
  • Rapid City Christian
  • Redfield
  • Viborg-Hurley
  • Winner

The public is invited to watch the competition and support the teams. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

About the National Science Bowl: The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in math and science and to pursue careers in these fields. About 265,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 27-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States.


Media advisory: Competition begins at 8 a.m. in a round-robin format, followed by a double-elimination tournament at 1 p.m. with the championship round set for about 4 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow immediately. Interviews with competing teams and their coaches will be available throughout the day. Media representatives are asked to check in at the Science Bowl Central registration desk.

​About WAPA: Western Area Power Administration annually markets and transmits more than 25,000 gigawatt hours of clean, renewable power from 57​ federal hydroelectric powerplants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 15 western and central states. It is part of the Department of Energy.

Last modified on September 12th, 2023