Farragut High School Team 1 beats out 59 teams to win the 2024 Tennessee Science Bowl

February 28, 2024

Farragut High School Team 1 beats out 59 teams to win the 2024 Tennessee Science Bowl

Winning first place in the 2024 Tennessee Science Bowl is Farragut High School pictured left to right with their trophy: Sophia Chen, Alex Yan, Caleb Han, Chris Keum and Tom Williamson. Second row: Coach Matthew Milligan.


High school students from across the state faced off in East Tennessee over the weekend putting their wits to the test. The Tennessee Science Bowl is a fast-paced academic competition that pits teams of four students against each other in a quiz-show-style contest. The event serves all public, private and homeschool students in 9th – 12th grades.

Through round-robin and elimination rounds, 60 teams from 44 schools competed to answer questions in a wide range of science topics including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy and math. At the end of the competition, Farragut High School Team 1 was the last team standing. In addition to the trophy and $1,000 cash prize for their school, these students received an all-expenses-paid trip to the DOE National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., to represent Tennessee from April 25-29.

The 2024 Tennessee Science Bowl was the largest in-person regional Science Bowl in the country. Held at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount Campus, the regional bowl prepares students to compete nationally with other exceptional students from across the country.

Cash prizes and trophies were also awarded to the following schools:

  • Ravenwood High School Team 1, for second place ($750)
  • Collierville High School Team 1, for third place ($500)
  • Farragut High School Team 2, for fourth place ($250)

Tennessee High School received the Civility Award which is given to the team with the best sportsmanship throughout the competition. They were awarded $100 and a trophy.

“The Tennessee Science Bowl is a great event that truly showcases the state’s up-and-coming leaders in the STEM field,” said DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory Site Office Manager Johnny Moore. “It’s fun to watch high school students compete in a fast-paced game of wits. While we see students and teams battle it out for the championship trophy, we know that it is so much more than that. We know that these minds are the very men and women who will be leading our country into the future through their careers in science, technology, engineering and math.”

This was the 34th annual Tennessee Science Bowl. The two-day event kicked off with a college fair for all the student participants. It takes about 200 volunteers to put on all the activities throughout the weekend.

The Tennessee Science Bowl is sponsored by ORAU and other local businesses including Pellissippi State Community College. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the DOE and has been a partner since the beginning of this event.

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