Southwestern Middle School’s Science Bowl team placed third in the state. The team was coached by science teacher Don White. Pictured are, back row from left: Kristin Consley, Shahala Brown, Logan Birchfield and Trenton Hadley; middle row: Alida Flores, Thomas Loehr and Mitchell Adcock; and front row: Gabriel Smith, Maddy Jacobs and Mitchel Cline. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Southwestern Middle School’s Science Bowl team placed third in the state. The team was coached by science teacher Don White. Pictured are, back row from left: Kristin Consley, Shahala Brown, Logan Birchfield and Trenton Hadley; middle row: Alida Flores, Thomas Loehr and Mitchell Adcock; and front row: Gabriel Smith, Maddy Jacobs and Mitchel Cline. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Southwestern sixth-graders have the annual Science Bowl down to a science.

This year's team placed third overall in the state, and it is the fourth time that the school's sixth-grade team has placed in the top three. The school has never finished outside the top 10.

This year's team earned a final score of 80.5, giving it a higher score than last year's team which placed second in the state. Greencastle Middle School and St. Richards School finished in second and first place respectively.

Team captain Maddy Jacobs said the team did well and that participating was a lot of fun. It was Maddy's job to gather team members' votes, and cast a tie-breaking vote if needed.

"We even got a 10-out-of-10 in one round, so that was very exciting," Maddy said.

Team members are Mitchell Adcock, Logan Birchfield, Shahala Brown, Mitchell Cline, Kristin Consley, Alida Flores, Trenton Hadley, Thomas Loehr, Gabriel Smith and Maddy Jacobs. The team is coached by science teacher Don White.

The competition is split into three rounds: a team round where everyone on the team answers 15-20 questions online; an individual round that involves four team members taking four separate tests; and an experimentation round where judges ask the teams questions about experiments they did before the competition.