Science whiz kids at North Hollywood High School received a boost in their preparations for the national Science Bowl Finals when Mayor Richard Riordan stopped by to offer a bit of encouragement Friday.
"I wish you luck when you go to Washington, D.C.," the mayor told the North Hollywood team, which won the regional title three weeks ago. "But I know for you it's more skill than luck. You're going to go out there and beat their rear ends."
Only the championship-winning "A Team" will travel to Washington in May for the finals, but Riordan, who donned a Science Bowl T-shirt for the event, also offered congratulations to North Hollywood's "B Team," which finished third.
The mayor delivered a personalized cake and Imax theater tickets to the students as a reward for their strong performance.
"This is really the icing on the cake," said senior Greg Marsden, who was recently named one of 40 finalists in a nationwide science talent search sponsored by Westinghouse. "It's the fulfillment of an 18-month dream and a lot of work."