PHS Team Wins Natl Science Bowl!
Poudre High School Team Wins National Science Bowl
Poudre High School’s Science Bowl team went undefeated throughout the competition today (Monday, April 30) to take 1st place in the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. The PHS team defeated the team from State College Area High School, State College, PA, for top national honors. PHS is the first Colorado team to ever win this national award. Following its dramatic win, the PHS team was taken by limousine to be honored at the White House. Team members spent approximately 10 minutes in the Oval Office with President Bush and U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman.
“I congratulate Poudre High School for their victory in the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl,” said Bodman. “These students displayed an acute knowledge of science and mathematics in many disciplines. It is this level of knowledge, excitement and teamwork that will keep America at the forefront of innovation. With these students as our country’s next generation of scientists and engineers, I am confident the U.S. will remain the world’s leader in science, engineering, and innovation.”
Poudre High School will hold an all-school assembly to honor the team and coach at 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 4, in the school gym, 201 Impala Drive. Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and the First Lady plan to attend the assembly.
Team members Patrick Chaffey, Sam Elder, Winston Gao, Sam Sun, and Logan Wright, coached by Jack Lundt, earned the right to compete in the National Science Bowl by winning the state Science Bowl competition in February. All expenses for the national competition are paid for by the U.S. Department of Energy, the national sponsor.
The PHS team was in Washington, D.C., since April 26, winning its way into the 16 team double elimination round on Sunday, April 29. PHS competed on Monday morning, April 30, in Round 8 of the elimination round, placing it as one of the top two teams in the nation.
Winning team members and sponsors receive an all-expense paid two-week trip to Australia; the second-place team receives an 8-day trip to France.
Nationally, 1,800 teams competed in regional Science Bowl competitions, with 64 teams earning the right to compete in the national competition.
For more information about the competition, log on to the National Science Bowl’s website at http://www.scied.science.doe.gov/nsb/pdf/DOE%20NSB%20Winners%20Release%202007%20FINAL.pdf
For additional information about the PHS team, contact Sandra Lundt, Poudre High School principal, at (970) 566-0630.