Centennial Middle School will compete in National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

COURTESY PHOTO - The district got the chamber's Try Local First Champion Award.The Greater Gresham Chamber of Commerce honored the Gresham-Barlow School District for hiring local contractors for its school building program. The district got the chamber's Try Local First Champion Award.

Gresham voters approved a $291 million school bond in November 2016. The bond funds will be used to improve safety, renovate the two high schools and replace East and North Gresham elementary schools.

Chief Financial Officer Mike Schofield said, "Our school bond project teams are committed to hiring local contractors and subcontractors and keeping bond dollars in our community."

Centennial Middle School will compete in science event

Centennial Middle School is one of 29 Northwest middle schools that will participate in the regional competition to determine what local school will go to the National Science Bowl.

The winning team from the regional competition will receive all-expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl from April 26-30. The winner of the national competition will win prizes for the team members and their schools.

The local competition is Saturday, Feb. 3, at the University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.

The bowl is organized by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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