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Hanford High Students Study for Science Competition

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RICHLAND, Wash--  It's lunch time at Hanford High; but there aren't any trays.  There isn't any food either.  Just studying for May's National Science Bowl in Washington D.C.

"We started preparing for this year's competition after last year's competition," says senior Max Li, team captain of this year's regional Science Bowl Champions.

Meet five of the smartest students you may ever encounter; already regional champs in this year's science bowl, they've got their eyes set on the national stage.

"We went around talking to teachers, we spent a few hours after school and took notes, and tried to learn subjects we haven't learned so far," adds Li.

Think of it as extra credit without the credit.  It's their way of building on one of Hanford High's little known legacies.

"There's a long run of first place Hanford finishes," says team coach and Hanford High teacher Brian Palmer.

The school hasn't won in seven years, capped off with last year's last-minute heartbreaker.  Call that motivation.

"They really put a lot of effort into it, I really think we have a chance of getting out of the round robin round, from there it's anyone's guess," adds Palmer.

But before they hit center stage, it's practice 24/7.