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Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen and WGL President and Chief Operating Officer Adrian Chapman Scheduled to Give Remarks

On Saturday, January 16, Montgomery College will host the largest Maryland Science Bowl competition in at least a decade, with 52 teams participating from high schools across eight counties. Members of the winning team receive an all-expense paid trip to participate in the National Science Bowl in Washington, DC, which will be held April 28–May 2, 2016.

WGL is the presenting sponsor for the 2016 Maryland Science Bowl, which will be held at the College’s Rockville Campus, located at 51 Mannakee Street. WGL, including its subsidiary Washington Gas, have sponsored the event since 2012, and the company provides dozens of volunteers each year. Other event sponsors include QIAGEN, the Fund for Montgomery, and Montgomery College’s Chemical and Biological Sciences unit.

Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen and WGL President and Chief Operating Officer Adrian Chapman are scheduled to make opening remarks to competitors.

Throughout the day, teams of high school students compete in a fast-paced quiz competition that tests students’ knowledge in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, energy, mathematics and physics.  Last year, a team from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring defeated Centennial High School of Ellicott City to become the Maryland High School Regional Champions. During the National Science Bowl, the Montgomery Blair team advanced to the top 16.

Students will also hear a presentation by Lyudmyla Panashchenko, an engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.  Panashchenko is an alumna of Montgomery College and University of Maryland, having completed her bachelor and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering. For the past five years, she has been working as an engineer at NASA, investigating electronic failures of spacecrafts and contributing to the success of NASA-built satellites including the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, Global Precipitation Measurement Management mission, Hubble Space Telescope and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope.

Support for volunteer recruitment for the Science Bowl is provided by the Fund for Montgomery and the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, as part of a weekend of special events and service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

About WGL
WGL (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask Us. For more information, visit us at

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 130 areas of study.


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