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News Release NR-0506

Students from Smoky Hill High School Triumph in Colorado High School Science Bowl

February 11, 2006

Golden, Colo. — For the fifth year in a row, students from Smoky Hill High School won top honors at the Colorado High School Science Bowl. 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 from Aurora was victorious over D'Evelyn High School from Jefferson County.

Forty 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 27 - May 1 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: Highlands Ranch High School, Highlands Ranch; Douglas County High School, Castle Rock; Palmer High School, Colorado Springs; University of Denver High School, Denver; Cherokee Trails High School, Aurora; Overland High School, Aurora; Jefferson Academy High School, Broomfield; Pueblo South High School, Pueblo; Horizon High School, Thornton; Westminster High School, Westminster; and Faith Christian High School, Arvada.

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

DOE began the National Science Bowl 16 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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