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Montgomery College to Host 2012 Maryland Science Bowl


1/4/2012 1:58:32 PM

January 4, 2012 -- Montgomery College will host the 2012 Maryland High School Science Bowl Competition on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The winner of this regional competition advances to the 22nd Annual National Science Bowl Competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, April 26 to 30.

Interest in the Maryland Science Bowl has grown over the past two years, and organizers anticipate 24 teams participating in this year’s competition with representation from counties from across the state. The winner of the past three consecutive Maryland Regional Championships, Montgomery Blair High School, will also join the 2012 competition. Last year at the national competition, held in Washington, DC, Montgomery Blair’s science scholars advanced through six rounds of double elimination competition to face the undefeated Mira Loma High School of Sacramento, Calif., in the finals. After three rounds of competition, both teams were tied until the last question of the last match which Mira Loma answered correctly and won the competition. Montgomery Blair walked away with a second place award and national exposure for their school's science curriculum.

For the regional competition, preliminary rounds will be held in the morning and early afternoon in Montgomery College’s Science Center and Science West Building on the Rockville Campus. Semifinal and final matches will be held in the Theatre Arts Arena in the late afternoon.

Event organizers need volunteers to assist throughout the day in order to make the 2012 event as successful as past competitions. Volunteers with math and science backgrounds are especially welcome. However, those with experience in all disciplines and industries are encouraged to donate their time. Only a small number volunteer positions require a math and science skill set. Volunteer training sessions take place leading up to the competition.

Those interested in donating their time and encouraging students to pursue math and science must register online at:

http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/sciencebowlvolunteer.aspx

Washington Gas and Green Clean LLC have provided grants to help support Montgomery College’s efforts in hosting the statewide Science Bowl competition. In addition to funding, Washington Gas will be sending more than 20 employee volunteers, including President and Chief Operating Officer Adrian P. Chapman, to volunteer as judges and timekeepers. Mr. Chapman will also provide opening remarks to the high school students participating in the 2012 competition.

Additional support for the Maryland Science Bowl is being provided by the College’s Office of Academic Initiatives and Montgomery College/Montgomery County Public Schools Partnerships.

For more information about the 2012 Maryland Science Bowl, please contact the following program contacts:

Michael Mehalick, Event Coordinator

michael.mehalick@montgomerycollege.edu

240-567-4083

Dr. Virginia Miller, Volunteer Contact

virginia.miller@montgomerycollege.edu

240-567-7621

About Montgomery College

Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

About Washington Gas

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., WGL Holdings, Inc. has four operating segments: (i) the regulated utility segment, which primarily consists of Washington Gas, a natural gas utility that serves over one million customers throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C., and the surrounding region; (ii) the retail energy-marketing segment which consists of Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc., a third-party marketer that competitively sells natural gas and electricity; (iii) the commercial energy systems segment, which consists of Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., a provider of energy efficiency solutions to government and commercial clients and (iv) the wholesale energy solutions segment, which consists of Capitol Energy Ventures Corporation, a non-utility asset optimization business.

Additional information about WGL Holdings, Inc. is available on its website, wglholdings.com. Go to washingtongas.com for more information about Washington Gas Light Company.

About Green Clean, LLC

Green Clean, LLC is an environmentally-friendly home and office cleaning company founded in 2004 and based in Greenbelt, Maryland. Serving the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas, Green Clean uses cleaning products that are nontoxic, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. To learn more, visit: www.greencleanusa.org.


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