Foster High continues Energy Quest domination in competition in Houston

Shown are the champions again, front row — Victoria Contreras, Oriana Wong, Diem Tran, Donavan Lemaster, Eva Schexnider and Foster’s Energy Quest Sponsor Janie Head; Second row — Chia Chin Liu, Sydney Puig, Claire Townsend, Alyssa Eaves, Kaela Clark and Elizabeth Nuygen; Third row — Jorge Araujo, Cyrus Motanya, Devon Tomlinson, Mallet Njonkem, Gordon Baliles and Nathaniel Krogel.

For the third year in a row, the Foster High School Energy Quest team traveled to downtown Houston to flaunt their know-how when it comes to oil and natural gas. They competed against and outscored schools from all over Houston in a quiz-like competition centered on life in the oil industry.

Foster remains the only school to ever win the competition.

Put together three years ago by Foster Physics teacher Janie Head, this year’s 17- member team took on an extra work load to prepare for the quiz game and secure their winning streak. The team’s veteran members, seniors Diem Tran and Elizabeth Nguyen, reflect on the combination of strategy and instincts that secured their success.

“We compete as well as we do because we study like crazy,” Nguyen said. “The competition gets increasingly harder, but with all the work we put into it, we expected to win.”

Tran felt the pressure when other Houston area schools started closing in on the lead Foster set early in the competition.

“In the first round, we were the only school to get a perfect score,” Tran said. “We were cool and confident, but the other teams really stepped up their game.”

The honorary team captains weren’t about to give up on their team.

“In the end we had earned the highest score of the day: 74 out of 80 points,” Nguyen said. “We were celebrated our win and the fact we upheld our winning streak. Needless to say, we celebrated the loudest.”

Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Houston, Energy Quest is a fast-paced quiz game that tests students’ knowledge of the global energy industry.  The game is played in four rounds of 20 questions each.

Foster competed against 23 other high schools.

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