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BISMARCK, N.D. — Magic City Campus High School in Minot, North Dakota, took first place the 2019 North Dakota Regional Science Bowl competition Feb. 2, winning an all-expense-paid trip to compete at the Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. April 25-29. 

Students representing 19 high schools vied for the honor to represent North Dakota at the national competition. A full list of participating schools is below. 

Defending champions Bismarck Century High School came in second and Grand Forks Central took third place at the day-long event, which was held at the University of Mary, Gary Tharaldson School of Business, in Bismarck. The competition was sponsored by Western Area Power Administration and DOE.

“Congratulations to all the schools and students who competed at the Science Bowl today,” said WAPA employee and Science Bowl coordinator Tom Atkinson. “The National Science Bowl program encourages students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. The University of Mary played a large role in that today by inviting us all to compete on their campus, which we greatly appreciate.” 

The regional and national Science Bowl competitions require students to answer questions related to astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, Earth science and general science in seconds. Each team is made up of four students, a student alternate and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach.

Participating high schools:

  • Beulah High School
  • Bismarck Century High School
  • Bismarck High School (Returning Champs)
  • Century High School
  • Carrington High School
  • Garrison High School
  • Grand Forks Central High School
  • Grand Forks Red River High School
  • Langdon High School
  • Williston High School
  • Flasher High School
  • Lidgerwood High School
  • Steele- Dawson High School
  • Linton Public School
  • Glenburn Public School
  • Johnson Corners Christian Academy
  • Grand Forks Central
  • Minot Magic City Campus 
  • Trinity High School


About Science Bowl: The National Science Bowl is a fast-paced competition in which students answer questions from a range of disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy and math. The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. Approximately 265,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 28-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. For more information visit

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, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and International Boundary and Water Commission in 15 western and central states. It is part of the Department of Energy. Follow us on Twitter @WesternAreaPowr or visit the website at

Last modified on September 12th, 2023