Columbia County middle schoolers are headed to the National Science Bowl

Monday, March 25, 2019
News 12 this Morning

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- We told you about the Columbia County high school science bowl team that is heading off to the nation's capital.
Now, Stallings Middle school will be joining them. The middle school will be the only science bowl team representing the state of Georgia for the second year in a row.

Their team consists of five guys; Charles Timmons, Adi Pillai, Aryan Gupta, Jerry Lu, Henry Riser and Mrs. Hundt, the coach whose been pushing them along the way.
She explains what it's going to take for her guys to place,
"They have to buy into this and we started out with about sixty kids who wanted to be on the academic team and science bowl team and these are the five that made it to our finals here at this school, says Science Bowl Coach, Deborah Hundt.

They've gotten pass regionals but, now they must represent the state on the national level.
Science bowl team member, Jerry Lu tells News 12 the competition is nothing to play around about.

"It's harder than it looks, it's pretty hard and like just if you're up there competing don't get nervous and don't second guess yourself like if you know the question just buzz in and answer it," Jerry explains.

For Jerry and three other members it's their first time ever working this hard.

Jerry says confidently,
"It definitely taught me hard work because, at the beginning I didn't think I would have to study as hard I thought it would just come easier."

Others like team captain, Henry Riser are old pros.

"It feels nice that I've gotten to do this twice in a row and that we get to go to nationals again," Henry says with excitement in his eyes.

Learning to work as a team is a must and for this team finding their rhythm has not always been easy.

Deborah Hundt says,
"We found out very early on that it was going to take a while for these guys to really work as a team they have to trust each other they have to support each other if they get a question wrong because, it is pretty devastating."

Nonetheless they are all in, and will do whatever it takes to make it to the top.

"This is a big deal, it's quite an honor and it takes a lot of hard work on their part that's for sure, Hundt assures us.

Just like Lakeside High, Stallings Island is hoping to place in the top sixteen at nationals and bring home some extra bucks to their school.