Desert Vista is Kendrick Chaney, Jay Min, Kevin Zheng, Thomas Anderson, Brandon Djaja, coach Birgit Musheno.

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It was not meant to be this year for Desert Vista High School.

The team from Ahwatukee Foothills could not repeat as winners at the 2012 Arizona Regional Science Bowl on March 3 at Glendale Community College. They placed second overall, out of 31 initial teams, and lost in the final round to the championship team from Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix.

The event saw teams from high schools around the Phoenix-metro and Tucson areas. The 26 teams were narrowed down to eight after a first round, round-robin tournament. Those teams then squared off in double elimination before it came down to Brophy and Desert Vista in the final round.

The teams answer questions about subjects such as astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, as well as earth and general sciences. It is a fast-paced competition that encourages involvement and learning in math and sciences, the coordinator for the event said.

“Math and science are the main thing for some of these kids, and a lot of these kids have been competing in competitions like this since junior high,” said Catherine Castle, Arizona regional coordinator. “Science and engineering are some of the big things that President Obama is pushing for in this country.”

The main sponsor for the regional and national science bowls is the Department of Energy. The National Science Bowl takes place in Washington, D.C., April 26-30 and will see one or more teams from each state, as well as international teams compete to be crowned national champions.

Last year as regional winners, the team from Desert Vista received an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C.

“There’s no cost to the schools, and every year we have been getting more and more participation,” Castle said.

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