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News Release NR-1005

Students from Smoky Hill High School Triumph in Colorado Science Bowl

February 12, 2005

Golden, Colo. — Students from Smoky Hill High School won top honors at the Colorado Science Bowl today for the fourth year in a row. In the final round of rapid-fire questions and answers about physics, math, biology, astronomy, chemistry, computers and the earth sciences, Smoky Hill High School team #2 from Aurora was victorious over Smoky Hill High School team #1.

Thirty-six student teams from across the state competed in the daylong competition at the Colorado School of Mines. As the winning team, Smoky Hill High School students earned the opportunity to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Science Bowl® April 28 - May 2 in the Washington, D.C. area, where they will go up against winning teams from regional competitions across the nation.

Other schools that survived the morning round robin competitions and made it to the afternoon double elimination contests were: Pueblo South High School, Cherokee Trail High School, Douglas County High School, Pueblo Centennial High School, Faith Christian High School, University of Denver High School, Eaglecrest High School, Bear Creek High School and Christian Fellowship High School.

The competition is sponsored by DOE, Xcel Energy Foundation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Midwest Research Institute and Battelle.

DOE began the National Science Bowl 15 years ago to help stimulate interest in science and math. The competition has evolved into one of the Energy Department's premier education programs.

For further information contact NREL Public Relations at 303-275-4090.
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