BASIS Scottsdale Team #1 wins opportunity to compete at the National Science Bowl® competition in Washington, D.C. on an all-expense paid trip

PHOENIX, Ariz. – February 28, 2011 — The Arizona Technology Council Foundation (  today announced the winners of the fifth annual Arizona Middle School Science Bowl competition held Saturday, February  26, 2011 at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. Seventeen teams of up to five students in grades 6 to 8 from throughout the State of Arizona competed.

Sanctioned by the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl®, the event was regionally organized yearly by members of the Arizona Technology Council’s Workforce Development Committee and sponsored in conjunction with IT consulting services leader Solugenix.

“The overall focus of this event is to get kids interested in science and math by making it fun and giving them the proper motivation, preparation, and encouragement,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “We congratulate all of the students who participate in this annual event and look forward to cheering on the winning team at the national competition.”

The intense and fast-paced statewide academic competition for middle school students followed a “Jeopardy” game show style to tests participants’ knowledge in all areas of science and math. It consisted of several question and answer matches in a Round Robin and Double Elimination tournament.

“This event is a prime opportunity to help students reach their highest potential,” said Shashi Jasthi, president and CEO of Solugenix. “At Solugenix, we have always encouraged Science & Technology education and believe these fields and a skilled workforce in them hold the promise to our country’s future.”

The first place team receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete at the National Science Bowl from April 28 – May 2, 2011 and a complimentary mission on the simulator at the Arizona Challenger Space Center. Second and third place teams receive complimentary admission to the Challenger Center.

First Place Team

BASIS Scottsdale Team #1

Coach David Hubalik

Team members and corresponding grade level: Grady Day,
Sixth; Brian Glucksman, Sixth; Shrey Gupta, Eighth; Nithin Kannan, Seventh;
Abijith Krishnan, Seventh.


Second Place Team

Chandler Prep

Coach Mark Wallington

Team members and corresponding grade level: Thomas Gin, Eighth; Chase Grindler, Seventh; Daniel Hill, Eighth; Christopher Hui, Eighth; Micah McCreary, Eighth.


Third Place Team

BASIS Scottsdale Team #2

Coach David Hubalik

Team members and corresponding grade level: Garrett Auer, Seventh; Naveen Dasari, Eighth; Anvita Gupta, Eighth; Pranav Surresh, Eighth; Atreya Tadepalli, Eighth.


About the Arizona Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Council is a private, not-for-profit trade association founded to connect, represent and support the state’s expanding technology industry. To promote economic growth and professional development in Arizona’s technology sector, the Council provides members networking opportunities, business support and access to educational forums. The Council strives to distinguish Arizona as a leader in the technology community and offer resources that are exclusive to its members. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit  ttp:// You are also invited to e-mail the president and his staff, Twitter @aztechcouncil, or view the Council’s Facebook, LinkedIn, or Plaxo page.

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