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Lipan Apache Tribe Congratulates Tribal Member Gabriel Burns,
Member of MMSD Team winning AISES IMS Science Bowl

Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD)
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April 07, 2011

American Indian students from MMSD win national Intertribal Science Bowl

A team of five American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) students from the Madison Metropolitan School District is the champion of the First Annual Intertribal Middle School Science Bowl (IMSSB) held in New Mexico late last month.

The IMSSB brought together teams of American Indian, Alaska Native and First Nations students in grades 6-8 to compete in a fast-paced, competitive format that tested students’ knowledge in all areas of math and science. The ten teams from eight states across the nation competed against each other over two days; the MMSD students went undefeated to finish alone in first place.

The team is made up of students from three MMSD middle schools and five tribal nations:

Vaughan Bahr, Wright MS – sixth grade, Jicarilla Apache;

Gabriel Burns, Cherokee Heights MS - seventh grade, Lipan Apache;

Timothy Byington-Fish, Wright MS - seventh grade, Muscogee and Choctaw;

Gabriel Saiz, Hamilton MS – seventh grade, Ponca, team captain.

Jorge Saiz, Hamilton MS – sixth grade, Ponca, brother of Gabriel.

The team competition was held in conjunction with the National American Indian Science and Engineering Fair in Albuquerque, New Mexico. IMSSB winners now go on to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Science Bowl, which will take place April 27 – May 2. Students will also compete in a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Competition.

The Madison AISES chapter is a district-wide student organization. The mission of AISES is to substantially increase the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other technological disciplines. In addition to the Science Bowl, the team members participate in AISES activities that meet for two hours every other Sunday.

This spring, AISES students will be working in the UW Arboretum helping to restore the mounds and moving trails that are too close to the mounds.

This team from the MMSD won the national Intertribal Middle School Science Bowl in New Mexico:
(Right to left) Denise Thomas - AISES coordinator, Gabriel Saiz, Gabriel Burns,
Timothy Byington-Fish, Jorge Saiz, Vaughan Bahr.

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