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News Release: Fort Collins High School Reigns Supreme at the 29th Colorado High School Science Bowl

Team Heading to Washington, D.C., to Compete for National Title

March 16, 2019

Students from Fort Collins High School dominated this year's Colorado High School Science Bowl and emerged victorious over second-place finisher Loveland High School. For the third year in a row, students from Fort Collins will represent the state of Colorado at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE’s) National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., from April 25–29, where they will compete for the national title against students from 64 high school regions.

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 290,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl, which stands out as 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.

Thirty-six teams from across Colorado competed in the day-long competition at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton. In the final round, Fort Collins won by a score of 80-26, prevailing over second-place Loveland after correctly answering rapid-fire questions in physics, math, biology, energy, chemistry, and earth and space sciences. Fairview High School 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:

  • Cherry Creek High School
  • Cheyenne Mountain High School
  • Fairview High School
  • Fossil Ridge High School
  • Niwot High School
  • Peak to Peak Charter School
  • Poudre High School
  • Ralston Valley Senior High School
  • Rock Canyon High School
  • Rocky Mountain High School


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 at the national finals.

Sponsors for the event are the DOE Golden Field Office, the DOE Office of Science, NREL, and the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.

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.