A team from Daniel Wright Middle School won the Argonne-Chicago Middle School Science Bowl Feb. 18.
The Lincolnshire school's squad competed against 33 teams from across the Chicago region as part of the 22nd Annual U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl.
The team now is eligible to compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C., in April.
The National Science Bowl brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete on a range of science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, astronomy and math.
"Congratulations to the students at Daniel Wright Middle School, some of America's future leaders in the science, technology, engineering and math fields," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said. "Through the National Science Bowl, we're challenging today's students and ensuring that America stays competitive in a rapidly advancing world."
U.S. Rep. Robert Dold of Kenilworth lauded the students and their teachers.
"When we come together and invest our time and energy in science, we are preparing our students for the 21st century workforce," Dold said.
The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. It is the nation's largest science competition.
For details, visit science.energy.gov/nsb/.