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GATEWAY REPEATS AS REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL CHAMPION, EARNS SECOND TRIP TO NATIONAL COMPETITION

 PITTSBURGH, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A team representing Gateway Senior High School, from Monroeville, Pa., today displayed the "right stuff" by capturing the 1993 Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional High School Science Bowl during competition at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center in South Park Township, Pa.
 For the second year in a row, the Gateway team won the regional science bowl by besting 31 other teams in a competition that tests their knowledge of science and math. For its effort, the team and its coach earned an expense-paid trip to Washington to compete in the National Science Bowl on April 18-19. The national competition is co-sponsored by the Department of Energy and the Cray Research Foundation. The competition was established to encourage American students to excel in the sciences.
 To earn the trip, Gateway defeated a team from Mount Lebanon High School in the championship round at the Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center. The third- and fourth-place finishers were Taylor Allderdice and Franklin Regional, respectively. Gateway was the only team to move through the preliminary rounds, held last Saturday at the Community College of Allegheny County's South Campus, and the championship rounds without a loss in the 32-team double-elimination tournament. The regional competition is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center and the Community College of Allegheny County, South Campus.
 The Gateway team members are Daniel LaFave, team captain, Jodi Dektor, James Kiger, Ian Tzeng and Matthew Perlman. They are coached by Donald Vosnick, chairman of Gateway's science department.
 Nationwide, more than 15,000 students representing more than 3,000 high schools competed for championships in their own regions to earn trips to the national championship. At the national level, teams will be competing for international and domestic science trips, computer hardware and software, teacher scholarships and a linkup to the National Education Supercomputer, which is located at DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
 For the regional competition, the Energy Technology Center and Community College received cash, prizes and other support from the American Chemical Society of Pittsburgh, Burns and Roe Services Corp., Daniels' Hardware, Domino's Pizza (Pleasant Hills, Pa.), Dunkin' Donuts (South Hills, Pa.), Foodland (Century III), Giant Eagle (Bethel Park, Pa.), Giant Eagle (Century III), Gilbert/Commonwealth, Inc., Matheson Gas Products, Inc., Mr. Donut (Carnegie, Pa.), National Draeger, Pizza Hut (Pleasant Hills), Pizza Perfecto, Pittsburgh Valve and Fitting, Ram Sensor, Rosemount Analytical, Inc., Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, Subway Sandwiches (Century III), Super Bakery, Inc., and VWR.
 The Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center, which conducts research and manages national programs to improve the use of the nation's coal resources, annually involves local teachers and students in several outreach programs to boost science and math education.
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