North Hollywood H.S. Science Scholars Score Second Place

LOS ANGELES (April 30, 2012) - The Los Angeles Unified School District is on a roll with award-winning teams in scholastic competitions. Today, North Hollywood High School won second-place in the national
championship at the 22nd Annual U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl after an intense
two days of battling out advanced-science concepts.

This marks the fourth time North Hollywood has taken home a second-place trophy, representing the
team’s eighth national award overall in the competition. The team won the national championship in
2001, placed third last year, and finished fourth and fifth in recent years.

“The North Hollywood High School science bowl team continues its record of national
excellence,” said LAUSD Board Member Tamar Galatzan, whose district includes the school.
“I congratulate this year’s team and coaches for their hard work, intense preparation and
outstanding performance in a competition involving top science students around the

Earning their trip to the nationals, North Hollywood won the 2012 Los Angeles Department of Water
and Power’s Science Bowl regional competition in February, the team’s 14th regional championship in
the last 15 years.

The North Hollywood High School Science Scholars are Rain Song, Daniel Bork, Vivek
Banerjee, Kennedy Agwamba and Chiyoung Kim, with Altair Maine serving as the coach.

With second-place honors, North Hollywood’s team and coach won $1,000 for their school, as well as
a science research trip to Yellowstone National Park, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The National Science Bowl is the nation’s-largest high school science-based academic competition.