Four of the six schools left in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl are California schools. These include North Hollywood High, Santa Monica High, Sacramento's Mira Loma High and Cupertino's Homestead High. The Washington, D.C., competition began Saturday with 67 teams that were regional championship winners from 41 states and U.S. territories. Ten were from California.
North Hollywood High represented the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water region, which included the city of L.A. and the L.A. Unified School District. Santa Monica High represented the Jet Propulsion Laboratory region, which included the rest of L.A. County and Orange County.
On Sunday, North Hollywood High beat Santa Monica High in the first round of double elimination by 110 to 98. The schools will face off again at 5 a.m. today. Science Bowl winners should be determined by 10 a.m. today, said Walter Zeisl, a spokesman for the DWP.
The championship winner will have its choice of a free science-related trip to England, France or someplace in the United States.
-- Tami Abdollah