Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Applauds Fort Settlement Middle School Science Team for Winning National DOE Science Bowl

May 4, 2015
Press Release

Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today offered congratulations to the science team from Fort Settlement Middle School for winning the Department of Energy National Science Bowl. Roughly 5,300 middle school students from all 50 U.S. States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands participated in this year’s regional competitions.

"A big congratulation to the students and coach from Fort Settlement Middle School for winning the DOE Science Bowl," Rep. Pete Olson said. "These students competed against thousands of other students across the nation and took first place. As our workforce becomes more and more reliant on talent in the science and technology fields, it is clear these students are our future. Sugar Land, Texas and the entire 22nd Congressional District of Texas are incredibly proud of you for this impressive accomplishment. Congratulations to the students, your coach and your parents for their support in your quest."

Fort Settlement Middle School’s Karen Staley, coach, Sameer Rajesh, Rafay Ashary, Akash Karanam, Abhijith Venkat and Archer Wang of Sugar Land, Texas, pose for a team photo during the 2015 National Science Bowl competition, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jack Dempsey, U.S. DOE, Office of Science)

DOE created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. Approximately 250,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl since its creation. Students may sign up to compete in next year’s National Science Bowl® competition beginning in October. DOE’s Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl® and sponsors the finals competition. Additional information about the teams and the National Science Bowl® is available at:

The first-place high school team in the academic competition will win a nine-day, all-expense paid science trip to Alaska. While on the trip, the students will take day trips that provide learning opportunities about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology and plate tectonics. They will explore the Copper River Delta, known for its prolific runs of wild salmon; hike through the Chugach National Forest’s old-growth hemlock and spruce stands; white-water raft on the Sheridan River and travel across the scenic Prince William Sound and Orca Inlet, home to the world’s largest population of sea otters. The trip also includes visits to Childs Glacier and the Alaska Wildlife Center, a rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned wildlife.



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