It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to participate in the Pantex Regional Middle School Science Competition (ABC 7 Amarillo – Morgan Burrell).

CANYON, Texas (KVII) –

Teams of college students from across the Panhandle spent their Saturday morning on February 9th at a fast, quiz-style tournament.

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to compete in the Pantex Regional Middle School Science Symposium.

"It's a one-of-a-kind competition, and the kids come face it in a game show," said Darla Fish, the regional coordinator of the event.

Students who competed on Saturday are interested in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

"It's simply the best and brightest in our Panhandle area," Fish said.

Takami Ng, the mother of one of Saturday's competitors, said that she loved watching her daughter participate in this event.

"It's a very successful experience for college students, yes, and very competitive, intense," said Ng.

Ng said that his daughter had worked hard to get here, studying a lot.

"She has a group of teachers and parents help, so they use lunch time to ask questions and learn more things," Ng said.

The tournament was held at West Texas A & M University and, once the doors closed, it was forbidden for students to use their phone or notes to help them find answers to questions.

"Middle schoolers answer questions from the high school level," Fish said. "It's amazing to see these students and their speed finding these answers."

The winner of the first place Saturday will get an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. where he will participate in national competitions.


1st place – Ascension Academy, Team Red, $ 1,000 at school, all expenses paid, trip to the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C.

2nd place: Crockett Middle School, black team. $ 500 check at school.

3rd place – Ascension Academy, Team Gold, $ 250 check at school.