Downey High team eliminated at bowl
The Downey High School team was eliminated from the National Science Bowl on Sunday in Washington, D.C. The four-member Modesto team won its first match against Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but dropped five other round-robin matches. "The kids are disappointed, but their objective was to get here," coach Dan Harris said. "There are some smart kids here." The team's National Science Bowl experience began Saturday with workshops on forensics and theoretical physics. The Downey team will watch the final rounds today and then attend a reception on Capitol Hill before returning home Tuesday. Downey was among 67 teams from schools across the country to compete in the nationals. The top six teams moved on to the championship rounds today.
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