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News Release: Cherry Creek High School Wins Colorado Science Bowl

Jan. 28, 2012


Golden, Colo., Jan. 28, 2012 – Students from Cherry Creek High School won the Colorado High School Science Bowl today. The school will go on to the 22nd National Science Bowl in Washington D.C., Apr. 26-30, where they will compete for the national title against more than 450 students from 68 high schools.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) began the Science Bowl tradition in 1991 as a way to encourage high school students to explore math and science. The Department of Energy's Golden Field Office once again was one of the major sponsors of this year's Colorado Science Bowl, along with DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Teams from across the state competed in the day-long competition at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton.
In the final round, Cherry Creek topped Cheyenne Mountain High School Team 2 of Colorado Springs with a score of 52-36 after correctly answering rapid-fire questions in physics, math, biology, astronomy, chemistry, anthropology and earth sciences.
Highlands Ranch High School rounded out the top finishers to take home the third place trophy. 
Other school teams that survived the morning competitions and advanced to the afternoon double-elimination contests were: 
·         Arapahoe High School Team 2 (Centennial)
·         Cherokee Trail High School Team 2 (Aurora)
·         Cheyenne Mountain High School Team 1 (Colorado Springs)
·         D'Evelyn Senior High School Team 1 (Denver)
·         Eaglecrest High School (Centennial)
·         Faith Christian Academy (Arvada)
·         Jefferson Academy Team 1 (Broomfield)
·         Lakewood High School Team 1 (Lakewood)
·         Pueblo Centennial High School Team 1 (Pueblo)
·         Smoky Hill High School Teams 1 and 2 (Aurora)
·         Standley Lake High School Team 1 (Westminster)
·         ThunderRidge High School (Highlands Ranch)
 The National Science Bowl is celebrating more than 20 years of competition and is the only academic event of its kind that is sponsored by a U.S. government agency.  Approximately 15,000 high school students from across the country compete for a chance to go to Washington D.C. for the national finals.
Other sponsors include the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science; the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC; Jefferson County Public Schools; and Dakota Ridge High School.
NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.
High-resolution photographs and video of the competition are
Available to the media on request.
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—David Glickson