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Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Science Champions at the State Capitol
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Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Science Champions at the State Capitol

RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored three teams from two local schools for bringing home national awards at prestigious annual science competitions on Monday June 22nd. Two of the award winning teams are from Mira Loma High School (Arden-Arcade), and the third is from Winston Churchill Middle School (Carmichael).

“What a great honor to recognize the hard work and dedication these students put in to achieve these significant awards,” said Cooley. “Their emergent knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math may lead them to become the professional scientist who resolves some of our most challenging problems, such as a cure for a cancer or an engineering design that can propel us to Mars or beyond,” Cooley continued.  “An extra nod to Mira Loma’s science teacher and coach, James Hill who has lead the high school team to the national competition 17 times, more than any other coach in the United States.”

Students from Mira Loma High School are the national champions of the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl.  The U.S. National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics to encourage students to pursue careers in these fields. More than 250,000 students have participated in the national science bowl throughout its 25-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions.

The Mira Loma Science Olympiad team took the championship at the NorCal finals, and 2nd place at the Science Olympiad National tournament held in Lincoln, Nebraska.  They were led by coaches Scott Martinez and Mark Porter.

The Science Olympiad is an event sponsored by a national non-profit which is dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically-literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. 

Students at Winston Churchill Middle School’s Science Olympiad team are the champions of the NorCal finals, and finished 3rd overall in the national competition, also held at University of Nebraska.  Their coach is Jeff Jungk.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.   For more information, please visit http://asmdc.org/members/a08/

 

 

 

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