Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Clairemont High Students Win AP Biology Bowl!

AP Bio Bowl The team from Clairemont High narrowly edged out teams from La Jolla and Serra high schools to claim victory at the 3rd Annual Advanced Placement Biology Bowl held recently at Serra High.

The academic bowl competition prepares students for the Advanced Placement biology examination. Comprised of 12 total rounds of competition, each round tests students’ knowledge of the eight major themes to be tested on the AP exam, including biochemistry, cell biology, cell division, evolution, anatomy and physiology and genetics.

The final round of competition featured teams from Clairemont High, led by coach Jason Kammerer, and La Jolla High, coached by Rachel Tenenbaum.

More than 130 students, parents, and teachers attended the event. Superintendent Bill Kowba and Board Trustees Kevin Beiser and Richard Barrera participated in the welcoming ceremony. Superintendent Kowba encouraged all participants to do their very best in the competition and on the exam.

All participants gained a competitive edge that would favor them in the AP exam on May 14. Other schools in attendance included Mira Mesa High School (Coach Lisa Yoneda), Lincoln High School (Coach Jennifer Ogo), Patrick Henry High School (Coach Andy Mangahis) and host school, Serra High School (Coach Ericka Senegar-Mitchell).

The AP Biology Bowl was established in 2010 by Serra High’s Dr. Ericka Senegar-Mitchell, and coordinated each year with help from Tenenbaum and Ogo. More than 12 high schools have participated since the bowl began three years ago.

Serra High’s Foundation also supported the Bio Bowl by providing breakfast and lunch to all scholars, teachers and volunteers in attendance.

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