The Science Bowl team from Dorman High School in Spartanburg took first place at the DOE National Science Bowl Regional Championship at USC Aiken last Saturday.

The squad will attend the Department of Energy’s national Science Bowl Competition in Washington, D.C., April 25-29. Teams will arrive as winners of 69 regionals throughout the country.

The defending champion, Lakeside High School of Evans, Ga., took second, while Evans High School finished third.

Two South Aiken School teams participated in the contest, which is modeled after the television show, “Jeopardy.”

The Science Bowl is not an easy competition, testing students’ science and math skills under pressure, Candice Dermody, the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions education outreach director, said in a press release.

“You could feel the tension in the air,” she said. “These students are always intensely committed to winning it all for their school and teammates.”

The South Aiken players belong to a popular Science Club that attracts outstanding students, teacher Beth Beckham said.

She come up with what surely might be the event’s best T-shirt decoration – the Periodic Table on the back of each team shirt.

“We like to have a good time in Science Club,” she said.

According to the press release, DOE created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in math and science and to pursue careers in those fields. More than 225,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 22-year history.

A total of 120 students from 12 schools participated in Saturday’s event.