Tribute to Valley High School National Science Bowl Teamby Representative David Young
Posted on 2015-02-10
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Mr. YOUNG of Iowa. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and
congratulate Charlie Napier, Sunita Kolareth, Gabriel Mintzer, Ryan
Thompson, Arun Velamuri, and Coach Nathan Speichinger of Valley High
School of West Des Moines, Iowa for winning their regional competition
for the 2015 National Science Bowl (NSB).
This program is one of the largest science competitions in the nation and a prestigious academic competition that challenges America's students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. The NSB brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in solving technical problems and answering questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth and space science, physics, and math.
Approximately 240,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl since it was established in 1991. More than 14,000 students compete in the NSB each year. The Valley High School team won their qualifying regional competition this past weekend, and will be advancing to the National Finals in April.
Mr. Speaker, the example set by these students demonstrates the rewards of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. I am honored to represent these students and their families in the United States Congress. I know all of my colleagues in the House join me in congratulating them on competing in this rigorous competition and wishing continued success in their education and careers.