Bonneville Power Administration

07/10/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/10/2019 11:50

BPA Science Bowl winner conquers Jeopardy’s 2019 Teen Tournament

Alex Trebek and Avi Gupta, photo source Jeopardy

For 29 years, BPA has encouraged the pursuit of science, technology, engineering and math by hosting the largest regional Science Bowl in the nation for high school and middle school students. The competition always draws hundreds of the best and brightest young minds in the Northwest.

Catlin Gabel High School's team captain, Avi Gupta, exemplifies that statement.

After leading his Catlin Gabel team to victory at the BPA Regional Science Bowl and competing in the DOE National Science Bowl, Gupta was among 15 teens selected from across the U.S. to participate in the 2019 Jeopardy Teen Tournament. Gupta brought his speed, tenacity and mental acuity to Jeopardy to win the tournament, capturing the title of Teen Tournament Champion and the $100,000 grand prize.

You can read more about his knuckle-biting win on Jeopardy's website.

The connection between BPA's Regional Science Bowl and the talent this event inspires and showcases is clear. Between studying for the competition and the challenge of game-day, itself, students' curiosities are piqued by exposure to all aspects of science, technology, engineering and math, including geology, chemistry, physics and environmental science. During the competition, contestants can also meet and interact with the roughly 200 Science Bowl volunteers, many of whom come from successful STEM or STEM-related careers and can share their experiences and encourage the high school and middle school students.

This curiosity can lead to game-show fame like it did for Avi or a career in STEM like it did for Kunal Vaswani. Vaswani, a former science bowl competitor, is now an engineer who is making his mark on the Seattle skyline and still finds time to volunteer as a BPA Regional Science Bowl moderator.

In his immediate future, Gupta will attend Columbia University in New York, where he intends to major in computer science with a minor in economics. We look forward to seeing where Avi's science bowl experience and education leads him in his career. And who knows, perhaps he will join us as a volunteer one day.