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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A team of high school students from Caguas, Puerto Rico won
their regional competition for the 2018 National Science Bowl® (NSB) this past weekend
and will advance to compete in the NSB National Finals this spring in Washington, D.C.,
the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), who sponsors the NSB, announced today.

“The National Science Bowl® continues to be one of the premier academic competitions
across the country and prepares America’s students for future successes in some of the
world’s fastest growing fields in science, technology, and engineering,” said U.S.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “I am proud to oversee a Department that provides such
a unique and empowering opportunity for our nation’s students, and I am honored to
congratulate Colegio Católico Notre Dame (High School) in advancing to the National
Finals, where they will continue to showcase their talents as the top minds in math and
science.”

The NSB brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the
country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve
technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines including
biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics and math.
The team from your area that won their qualifying regional competition this past
weekend and will be advancing to the National Finals is:

Colegio Católico Notre Dame (High School), Caguas, Puerto Rico

A series of 113 regional middle school and high school tournaments are being held across
the country from January through March. Winners will advance to represent their areas at
the National Science Bowl® held from April 26 to April 30 in Washington, D.C., for the
final middle school and high school competitions.

The top 16 high school teams and the top 16 middle school teams in the National Finals
will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. Prizes for the top two high school
teams for the 2018 NSB will be announced at a later date.

The first and second place high school teams from the 2017 NSB received all-expensespaid
science trips to Alaska, where they learned more about glaciology, marine and avian
biology, geology, and plate tectonics.

More than 275,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl® in its 27-
year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. More than 14,000
students compete in the NSB each year.

DOE’s Office of Science manages the NSB Finals competition. More information is
available on the NSB website: http://www.science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.