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Clarence Middle School science whizzes heading to Washington

A team of students from Clarence Middle School has advanced to the national finals of the 2016 National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. late next month, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced Monday.

The Clarence team recently won its regional competition, one of 116 such middle- and high-school tournaments across the country. So it will be heading to Washington for the national competition, being held April 28 to May 2.

The National Science Bowl brings together thousands of students from across the nation to compete in a fast-spaced, question-and-answer format, solving technical problems and answering questions from a variety of fields, including biology, chemistry, earth and space science, physics and math.

The top 16 middle-school teams in the national competition will win $1,000 each for their schools’ science departments.