Harker teams took the top two spots at the Middle School Regional Science Bowl competition on March 3, held at the National Hispanic University. The first-place team was captained by Venkat Sankar, grade 8, who led eighth graders Arjun Subramaniam and David Zhu as well as Edgar Lin and Rajiv Movva, grade 7. The second place team consisted of team captain Peter Wu, Brandon Chow and Nikhil Manglik, all grade 8, and Adrian Chu and Shaya Zarkesh, both grade 7.
“It was fun to watch the two teams play against each other in the final match. It was almost like their Friday practice but a bit more intense,” said middle school science teacher Vandana Kadam. Wu’s team actually claimed a victory over Sankar’s team earlier in the tournament, but the two teams met again in the finals, with Sankar’s team winding up victorious. “Both teams played exceptionally well,” Kadam noted. The winning team will head to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., in late April.