The team representing Alaska in the 2014 National Ocean Sciences Bowl won third place in the national competition held in Seattle on May 1-4. Juneau-Douglas High School students Ruby Steedle, Johnny Connolly, Johnny Elliot, Stephen Mell, and Megan Sheufelt, along with coach Brian Stoody were one of only three teams to be undefeated in the round robin competition.
The team of veteran competitors lost their first match in the double elimination bracket, but worked their way back up through the losers bracket, beating five other teams including the team they lost to in the first round. Their second loss in the double elimination bracket was to the eventual champions, Boise High School. This is the second year in a row the Juneau-Douglas team won third place in the national competition.
Juneau-Douglas High School’s team, “Caballers,” placed 1st overall in the 17th annual Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl regional competition in Seward Feb 28-March 2nd. The school’s second team, “The Third Whale” placed 2nd. Kodiak High School’s team, “The Elusive Jellyfish” took 3rd place.
(With info provided from Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.)