Twenty-three high school teams from all over Alaska converged on Seward on Thursday to participate in the 3-day National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition: Seward, Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Petersburg, Cordova, Kodiak, Homer, Unalaska, and Scammon Bay.
Oral research presentations, a unique feature of this regional bowl, on the topic “Our Ocean Shaping Weather” were held on Friday in two sessions. Students also had the opportunity to participate in field trips including the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, the Alaska Sealife Center, a Major Marine Boat Tour, and the AVTEC Simulator. A banquet at the Alaska Sealife Center followed by an award ceremony for the Ocean Connections Art Show capped off the busy day.
Saturday quiz competitions at the Seward High School start at 10:15 am and run through 4:15 pm. The round-robin elimination continues on Sunday from 8:15 am to 11:15 am with the exciting championship round starting at 11:25 to determine the winner. The award ceremony begins at 12:10 until 12:40 pm.
The winner of the Alaska Tsunami Bowl will compete with the winners from more than 20 other regional competitions across the nation in Boulder, Colorado on April 19-22.
Seward’s team, the Salty Cephalopods, is comprised of Emmalee Moore, Elena Hamner, Emmalee DeLand, and Meghan Mullaly, coached by George Reising.
The public is welcome to attend the quiz competitions, held in classrooms at the Seward High School. The Sunday championship competition and awards will be held in the high school theater.
The Ocean Connections Art Show is open to the public at the Alaska Sealife Center, open daily from noon to 5 pm.
Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible, and congratulations to all the competitors; you are all winners!
Submitted by Carol Griswold
Update: 02/11/18 Cordova’s Yeti Crabs won the 2018 Alaska Tsunami Bowl!
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