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Tsunami swamps rivals to win 1999 Alaska Region--National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Five students head to D.C. for national finals

Date: March 9, 1999
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SEWARD, Alaska--Five energetic students from Juneau-Douglas High School--calling themselves "Tsunami"--fought off fierce competition to take first place in the Alaska regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB).

Juneau's Tsunami team defeated nine other Alaska high school teams in competition February 27-28 in Seward. The event included presenting a research paper on the decline of Steller sea lions and a Jeopardy-style ocean knowledge quiz that pitted teams against one another.

Students from Anchorage's Dimond High School won the quiz portion of the competition, but the overall win went to Juneau's Tsunami students because of their first place finish in the research paper presentation and second place standing in the quiz. Dimond took fifth place in the research presentation.

"I'm really proud of all these kids," said NOSB organizer Judy McDonald. "It took months of intense study, research and writing by all the teams to prepare for this competition."

The five students of Tsunami won tuition waivers for their first year of college at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. They also will travel to Washington, D.C., April 10-12 to compete against teams from 17 other states in the finals of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Winners of the national competition will be invited to participate in the Secretary of the Navy's Engineering and Science Residential Program, a six-week secondary science camp in Mississippi. They'll also receive a $1,000 stipend and 3 undergraduate credits.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is sponsored by CORE, the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education. Core is a national organization of ocean research agencies and institutions. The Alaska regional competition is sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and the Alaska Sea Grant College Program.

The goal of the competition is to recognize and reward excellence among students interested in ocean studies and to encourage them to join the next generation of oceanographers and marine scientists. The bowl also aims to broaden awareness of the critical value of ocean research among high school students, educators, parents and the public.

Ten teams from eight Alaska high schools entered the Alaska regional competition. Chugiak High School led the field going into the single elimination tournament. Also making it into the elimination rounds were Juneau, Seward, Anchorage's Dimond, Soldotna's Skyview, White Mountain and last year's defending state champion, East Anchorage High School.

In a major upset, eighth-ranked White Mountain, a small rural high school in western Alaska, out-dueled its much larger rival, Chugiak.

Then it was Anchorage's East matched against cross-town Dimond, where Dimond came out on top. Juneau's Tsunami won against White Mountain in the second round of single-elimination play.

Going into the final round, first-ranked Tsunami met their match, with Dimond scoring 78 points against Juneau's 34 points. In the final round, Dimond squared off against the Tsunami team to determine first and second place, while Anchorage East played White Mountain for the remaining slots. The final bowl results were: Dimond first, Juneau's Tsunami team second, and East third.

In addition to the fever pitch of the science competition, other high school students participated in the first NOSB Art Show, organized to showcase creative depictions of marine-related topics. The event was held at and sponsored by the Alaska SeaLife Center. Brian Lo of Seward High School won Best of Show and a digital camera for his school's art department. The camera was donated by the Alaska Sea Grant College Program.


FINAL STANDINGS

Overall Competition:
1st Place: Juneau-Douglas High School Tsunami Team with coach Clay Good, Kanani Pavitt, Sommers Cole, Colleen Dilts, Luke Fanning, Tawnya Durand. Each member won first year free tuition at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

2nd Place: East Anchorage High School with coach Danelle Van Holstyn, Jamie Bourgeios, Jeana Hilbish, Diana Richmond, Beth Poland. Team won $300 for their high school's science department.

3rd Place: Anchorage's Dimond High School with coach Elizabeth Larman, Adam Yeager, Kevin Fox, Alicia Brantley, Ashley Faciane, Jamie Everett. Dimond also won the Mayor's Cup for most points scored in a single round: 142 points. Team won $200 for their high school's science department.

Written Project and Presentation:
1st Place: Juneau-Douglas High School. Winners received $100 scholarships for each team member sponsored by Kodiak fisherman Bill Jacobson. Juneau High School's science department received $1,000 donated by the Alaska Sea Grant College Program.

2nd Place: East Anchorage High School
3nd Place: Juneau High School
4th Place: Chugiak High School
5th Place: Anchorage's Dimond High School

The Teams:
Juneau-Douglas High School "Tsunami" Team with coach Clay Good. Students: Kanani Pavitt, Sommers Cole, Colleen Dilts, Luke Fanning, Tawnya Durand

Juneau-Douglas High School "Rogue" Team with coach Clay Good. Students: Marjorie Housley, Josh Passer, Emily Ramage, Amy Rodman, Monique Johnson

East Anchorage High School with coach Danelle Van Holstyn. Students: Jamie Bourgeios, Jeana Hilbish, Diana Richmond, Beth Poland

Anchorage's Dimond High School with coach Elizabeth Larman. Students: Adam Yeager, Kevin Fox, Alicia Brantley, Ashley Faciane, Jamie Everett

Chugiak High School with coach Andrew Sullivan. Students: Peter Lamb, Katie Fay, Caroline LeBlanc, Jacob Berg, Jeff Skoog

White Mountain School with coach Jack Adams. Students: Blassi Shoogukwruk, Leslie Richards, Irving Ashenfelter, Jeenean Ferkinhoff

Soldotna's Skyview High School with coach Mark Larson. Students: Team A: Tyra Demaris, Farrar Trimmingham, Heidi Western, Cristina Richart, Cristy Nabinger
Team B: Prarinyd Tarapnak, Jason Bussdeiker, Jeanie Baysinger, Bryana Wilson, Birgit Stuermer

Seward High School and home school student with coach Linda Clayton. Students: Bonnie Moore, James Comfort, Stephanie Christian, Dave Harrell, Brandon Anderson

Frank A. Degnan High School from Unalakleet with coach Jack Davis. Students: Michael Martin, Tony Dickens, Eugene Sarren, Ryder Erickson, Jeremy Sarren

Art Show Winners
Best of Show: Brian Lo, Seward High School

Painting:
1st, Chelsea Woelkers, Seward High School
2nd, Travis Hiner, Skyview High School
3rd, Ruth Banse, Seward High School
Honorable Mention: Tiffany Brand of Seward High School and Noelle Verba of Skyview High School in Soldotna.

Drawing:
1st, Chelsea Woelkers, Seward High School
2nd, Marion Glaser, Seward High School
3rd, Keegan Marrs, Seward High School

Mixed Media:
1st, Jason Tibbitts, Skyview High School
2nd, Jamie Gruel, Skyview High School

Sculpture:
1st, Wes Shafer, Seward High School
2nd, Jordan Houghton, Seward High School
3rd, Patty Ilog, Seward High School
Honorable Mention: Blassi Shoogukwruk, White Mountain School

Many sponsors made this event possible. Coeur Alaska donated the travel costs for both Juneau teams. Alaska Airlines made it possible for the White Mountain team to attend the competition. UAF, with its Sea Grant College Program, Marine Advisory Program, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, and Seward Marine Center, provided judges, logistics, organization and funding support. The Alaska SeaLife Center and the Seward High School donated the use of their facilities. Awards made to the science departments of Anchorage East and Dimond High Schools were donated by the faculty, staff and students of UAF's School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. The National Marine Fisheries Service-Juneau provided enough funds to have specially designed T-shirts made up for all the participants. MAP and KAKM 7 folks videotaped the entire event, so that it can be broadcast at a later date throughout the state on PBS stations. About 50 Seward and science community volunteers made it all happen.

The Alaska Sea Grant College Program is a marine research, education and outreach service headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. It is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in partnership with the state of Alaska and private industry.


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