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Massachusetts students win first National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Date: April 27,1998
Contact: Jim Mitchell, 202-232-3900 ext: 266

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A team of science students from Lexington, Massachusetts, has won an all-expense-paid learning trip to Portugal after winning the 1998 National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

The Lexington High School team took first place in the national competition which ended today in Washington, D.C., prevailing over 15 other high school teams which had qualified for the final competition.

This is the first year of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, being held appropriately in the International Year Of The Ocean. The goal of the competition was to recognize and reward excellence among students interested in ocean studies and to help them become the next generation of oceanographers and marine scientists. The bowl was intended to broaden awareness of the critical value of ocean research among high school students, educators, parents, and the public.

El Nino has highlighted the importance of understanding how the ocean impacts our lives. Beyond generating storms and affecting climate change, the ocean provides food, energy, advanced materials for medicine and technology, international trade, and recreation. More than one-half of the U.S. population lives and works within 50 miles of the coastline, and one in six U.S. jobs is marine-related.

The Lexington team advanced to the bowl finals after winning a regional competition Feb. 28 at the New England Aquarium, conducted by the New England Aquarium and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The competitors answered rapid-fire questions on biology, chemistry, geology, physics, history and economics of the ocean, and ocean-related current events developed by top researchers and educators in the marine sciences.

The team members—Rafael Bras, Rudolf Faust, Yuen-Jong Liu, Andrew Lin and Perry Dougherty—are coached by Scott Carpenter. They will be invited to travel this summer to Lisbon, Portugal, during EXPO '98, which will celebrate the International Year of the Ocean. This trip will include an opportunity to participate in ocean research onboard a naval oceanographic research vessel.

The second and third place teams were Woodward Academy of College Park, Ga. and North Marion High School of Aurora, Ore. (participating teams and prizes are below).

The Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE), in partnership with the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA), conducted the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Sixteen regional meets, involving about 200 teams, were conducted by CORE institutions around the nation.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl 1998 finals were held on the Campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., April 26-27.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl receives financial support from the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research, the Oceanographer of the Navy, the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and is being conducted with technical assistance from the Department of Energy.

Private support for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl was provided by Capital Assets, Inc.; Compass Publications; Edison International; OCEANEERING International, Inc.; Sippican, Inc.; Sea-Bird Electronics, Inc.; Sea Education Association; and Viking Models.

CORE is the Washington, D.C.-based organization representing 51 member- institutions that are the nucleus of U.S. federal, academic and industrial research and education in the ocean.

NMEA represents more than 1,000 professionals involved in education, science, marine research, business, government, museums and aquariums who are interested in the study and enjoyment of the world of water—fresh and salt. Affiliated with the National Science Teachers Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, NMEA provides a valuable focus for marine and aquatic studies worldwide.

Top Four Finalists

#1 Lexington High School, Lexington, Mass. Learning trip to International Year of the Ocean EXPO'98, Lisbon, Portugal, including research cruise on naval oceanographic vessel, and engraved glass trophy. Coach Scott Carpenter received a $250 NMEA Conference scholarship.

#2 Woodward Academy, College Park, Ga. NASA-sponsored trip to observe launch of an oceanographic satellite, and engraved glass trophy.

#3 North Marion High School, Aurora, Ore. Five $3,000 "Sea Semester" scholarships by the Sea Education Association, and engraved glass trophy.

#4 Aptos High School, Santa Cruz, Calif. Museum Quality model of Woods Hole submersible "Alvin" by Viking Models of Cisco, Texas, and engraved glass trophy.

Other finalists: All teams participating receive NOSB banners for their school trophy cases, subscriptions to Sea-Technology Magazine (from Compass Publications), Plaques, and bags of souvenir. In addition, each coach will be awarded a membership in the National Marine Educators Association. Remaining finalists (alphabetically by state).

Dothan High School
Dothan, Ala.

East Anchorage High School
Anchorage, Alaska

Mt. Carmel High School
San Diego, Calif.

Tolland High School
Tolland, Conn.

Maritime and Science Technology Academy (MAST)
Miami, Fla.

Dexter High School
Dexter, Mich.

Williams High School
Burlington, N.C.

Contoocook Valley (CONVAL)
Regional High School, Peterborough, N.H.

Du Bois Area High School
Du Bois, Pa.

Flour Bluff High School
Corpus Christi, Texas

Central Shenandoah Valley Regional Governor's School
Fishersville, Va.

Garfield High School
Seattle, Wa.

For more information, visit the NOSB website.

Jim Mitchell
Director of Communications
Consortium for Oceanographic Research & Education (CORE)
1755 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-2102

Phone: 202/232-3900 x266

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