BSE Science Bowl Team Is The State Runner-Up

Monika Spaulding

The Bradie Shrum Science Bowl Team found out Friday that they are the state runner-up team with a score of 103. The winning team received a score of 104.5.

“I am proud of this group,” said Bev Sweeney, who is the team’s sponsor. “They worked so well together.”

Team members are: Cash Gettlefinger, Hayden Humphrey, Ava Maudlin, John McBarron and Noah Redden.

Sweeney said Science Bowl is a state competition that is open to Indiana Elementary Schools for grades 4 -6. Salem’s team was selected based on scores in NWEA.

This year’s competition was based on Life Science. It involved a one-day online competition. Sweeney said scores automatically go to the state and then are tabulated the next day.

“Students completed an experiment given to us by IASP,” she said. “They collected data and studied the results using a control. One portion of the competition was about the experiment.”

She said the students were also given articles to read and practice questions and vocabulary to memorize. Another portion was a team round and the third portion was an individual round. Only four students compete in the individual round.

“This group did an excellent job reading and discussing the questions during the competition and discussing the answers they thought were correct,” said Sweeney. “They studied the information and were prepared.”

There were 90 schools that participated this year, with 16 being in Salem’s class or division. 

Sweeney has been doing Science Bowl since 2006.  


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