Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake science team competes in Washington

The road to the national competition wasn't traversed overnight.

Watts began holding open practices in November.

"We have a lockout buzzer system very similar to the ones they have at the competition," said Watts. "We practice and get a feel for who's doing best, and then form our teams."

Even with preparation, the actual event can be difficult.

"It's almost impossible to study for a science bowl," said Martindale. "They could ask almost anything."

The team didn't fare as well at the national competition, even though they lost a number of matches by only a slight margin (the team from Santa Monica, Calif., ultimately took home the title). Still, winning is definitely not the only part of the science bowl.

When asked what her favorite aspect of the competition was, Wexler said it was "meeting all the teams from across the country."

"It's not so much the competition that stands out in my mind," said Martindale. "It would be getting to know the other teams and getting to see all the sights in Washington."

For most of the team, this was their second experience with the science bowl, and for the three seniors it will be their last as contestants.

"I had a great time there, it was very much a worthwhile experience," said Wexler. "I want to do it again, but I can't."

Watts is excited just to make it to the national level.

"You grow close to these kids and it's wonderful to see them enjoy it," said Watts. "Just getting a chance to go to nationals is a really big opportunity.""

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