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Fort Collins High School Wins 28th Colorado High School Science Bowl

Team heading to Washington, D.C., to compete for national title

March 3, 2018

The Ft. Collins science bowl team and coaches celebrate their win.

Students from northern Colorado dominated this year's Colorado High School Science Bowl with Fort Collins High School emerging victorious over second-place finisher Fairview High School (Boulder). Students from Fort Collins High School will represent the state of Colorado at the Energy Department's (DOE) National Science Bowl® in Washington, D.C., April 26-30, where they will compete for the national title against more than 400 students from 70 high schools.

DOE created the National Science Bowl® in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. More than 275,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl® throughout its history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions.  DOE's Golden Field Office once again served as one of the major sponsors of this year's event, along with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The lab’s involvement is part of its continuing commitment to workforce development through ongoing STEM education programming.

Forty-one teams from across the state competed in the day-long competition at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton. In the final round, Fort Collins High School won by a score of 92-38 prevailing over second-place Fairview High School (Boulder) after correctly answering rapid-fire questions in physics, math, biology, energy, chemistry, and earth and space sciences. Cherry Creek High School (Denver) rounded out the top finishers, earning the third-place trophy.  Other schools that excelled during the morning competitions and advanced to the afternoon double-elimination contests were:

Cheyenne Mountain High School (Colorado Springs)

Fossil Ridge High School (Fort Collins)

Highlands Ranch High School

Liberty Common High School (Fort Collins)

Loveland High School

Niwot High School

Peak to Peak Charter School (Lafayette)

Poudre High School (Fort Collins)

Ridgeview Classical School (Fort Collins)

Rock Canyon High School (Highlands Ranch)

The National Science Bowl® is celebrating over a quarter century of competition as the only academic event of its kind sponsored by a U.S. government agency.  Each year, approximately 15,000 high students from across the country compete for a chance to go to Washington, D.C., for the national finals.

Sponsors for the event are the DOE Golden Field Office; The DOE Office of Science; NREL; 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 of the competition are available to the media on request.