NOSB 2010 Competition Results

The 2010 competition was the biggest ever. With 22 teams entered, a record number of students (105), coaches (23), and volunteers (118) participated. Sixteen of the teams (another record number!) gave 20-minute oral presentations of their research projects all day Friday and Saturday morning. Then all 22 teams competed in the quiz bowl matches. There were ten round robin matches Saturday and four double elimination matches on Sunday. The awards were presented after lunch Sunday.

Overall standings (100 points possible)

Research project plus quiz bowl

First Place

Bold and asterisk denotes team MVP. First- and second-place teams are awarded tuition waivers to their choice of either UAF or UAS. The first-place team's expenses will be paid to travel to St. Petersburg, Florida, in April to compete in the NOSB final competition.

Juneau-Douglas High School – Thunder Mountain High School Hot Tropic (90.8 points)

Andrew Gregovich, team captain
Sarah Donohoe
Seth Brickey*
Sam Kurland
Martina Miller
Coach: Ben Carney

Second Place

South Anchorage High School Team Starfish (88 points)

Hailey Hosken,* team captain
Petra Davis
Kiefer Davis
Laura Crews
Sarah Noel
Coach: Chris Backstrum

Third Place

Cordova High School – Prince William Sound Science Center Notorious Dawgsharks (85.5 points)

James Allen, team captain
Ben Americus
Adam Zamudio
Keegan Crowley
Ian Americus*
Coach: Lindsay Butters

Please see 2010 Teams page for team members, MVPs and coaches for 4th through 15th place.

Fourth Place

Unalaska City School Pelagic Surimi Bombers (83.6 points)

Fifth Place

Juneau-Douglas High School Team Soaladaobs (81.4 points)

Sixth Place

Unalaska City School B.E.A.N. (74.1 points)

Seventh Place

Eagle River High School Mobulidae (72.3 points)

Eighth Place

Seward High School Perusing Pycnopodia (61.6 points)

Ninth Place

Mat-Su Career & Technical High School Mat-Tsunami (57.9 points)

Tenth Place

Kotzebue High School Muktuk Mafia (57.5 points)

Eleventh Place

Petersburg High School W.O.A.A. (54.4 points)

Twelfth Place*

Eagle River High School Codzilla (46.9 points)

Thirteenth Place

Kodiak High School Weapons of Bass Destruction (38.3 points)

Fourteenth Place

Soldotna High School Krakens (37.8 points)

Fifteenth Place (tie)

Mat-Su Career & Technical High School Fightoplankton (37 points)

Fifteenth Place (tie)

Wasilla High School Mollusca Cephalopoda Nautilidae (37 points)

Seventeenth Place

Mountain Village Ignatius Beans Memorial School Complex Sea Lions (36 points)

Eighteenth Place

Mountain Village: Ignatius Beans Memorial School Complex Juvenile Gannets (34 points)

Nineteenth Place*

Cordova High School – Prince William Sound Science Center Medusa's Militia (25 points)

Twentieth Place*

Kenny Lake School Five Foaming Foraminiferans (3.1 points)

Twenty-First Place (tie)*

Petersburg High School Kushtakahs, eh? (0)

Twenty-First Place (tie)*

Ketchikan High School Kayhi Kings (0)

* did not participate in research project

Individual components

Research Project (overall score; 50 points possible)

Paper and oral presentation combined. The coach of the first-place research project team is awarded a $500 grant to purchase classroom resources, sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant; a check for $100, sponsored by the Scientific Research Society, Sigma Xi; and an annual membership in the National Association of Marine Educators.

Research Paper (25 points possible)

Oral Presentation (25 points possible)

Knowledge Quiz (50 points possible)

Mayor of Seward Perpetual Trophy

Awarded to the team with the most points scored in a single round. This team receives a perpetual trophy to display in their school until the next Tsunami Bowl competition.

Juneau-Douglas High School Team Soaladaobs with 147 points in round 1.

Sportsmanship award

Voted on by the quiz bowl judges. Students each received a copy of The Marine Biology Coloring Book

Petersburg High School teams W.O.A.A. and Kushtakahs, eh?

Most Valuable Players

Selected from each team by coaches and/or team members. Each recipient was awarded a $50 gift card to use for education purposes. See overall first through third places above and 2010 Teams page for recipients.

Red Lantern Classroom Enhancement Award

Awarded to the teacher of the team that completes both the research and quiz portions of the Tsunami Bowl and finishes in last place; $1500 for classroom resources. This award is sponsored by the Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center, a partnership between the National Park Service and the Alaska SeaLife Center, dedicated to understanding and preserving Alaska's marine ecosystem.

Mountain Village: Ignatius Beans Memorial School Complex Juvenile Gannets

2010 NOSB Ocean Connection Art Show

The art teacher for the Best of Show artwork is awarded a $300 grant for classroom art supplies, sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant.

How the NOSB Competition Works

For more details on this and other past competitions all the way back to 1998, please visit What is NOSB and the Alaska NOSB competition archives.

Want In on the Action?

November 15 is the deadline to indicate the intent to participate in each year's Alaska Regional NOSB. Contact science bowl coordinator Phyllis Shoemaker at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center to find out how your high school can join in the fun, or check out our web pages for coaches and teams. The number of teams is limited, so act early for the best chance of participating in the next National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

PO Box 730, Seward, AK 99664
Phone: 907-224-4312, Fax: 907-224-3392