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Alaska students vie for spot at National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Competition predicted fierce as Juneau defends state title

SEWARD, Alaska — The high school that won last year's statewide National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is thinking "repeat."

Coach Clay Good led six students from Juneau-Douglas High School to victory last year, and hopes to do it again when this year's NOSB competition gets underway February 5-6 at Seward High School in Seward, Alaska. But they'll have some stiff competition from schools big and small across the state.

"This year we expect the competition to be especially tough because Juneau is out to hold onto its title and the other schools are looking to knock them off their perch," said organizer Judy McDonald of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The statewide marine science competition is only three years old, yet it draws students from across the state. Teams this year come from as far away as White Mountain, a small, predominantly Native village in southwest Alaska. High schools in Anchorage, Unalakleet, Soldotna, Seward, and elsewhere also will compete to represent Alaska at the NOSB national finals in Washington, D.C., in mid-April.

Also at stake are prizes including free tuition at the University of Alaska for the first- and second-place teams.

High schools participating in the NOSB have been invited to enter an art competition that has an ocean theme. Entrants in this juried art show will be on display during the two-day competition.

"The goal of this competition is to recognize and reward excellence among students interested in ocean studies," said McDonald. "It's also meant to encourage high school students, their teachers and parents to increase their knowledge of the oceans and to broaden awareness of the critical value of ocean research."

The quiz portion of the competition is organized as a series of matches in a round-robin/double-elimination format. In each match, two teams compete against each other and the clock, trying to be the fastest to answer the toss-up questions.

The second component of the Alaska ocean sciences bowl is a research project. Student teams must together write a research report that discusses the future of salmon fisheries in Alaska. They must also prepare a long-term management plan for the salmon resources closest to their school, considering both scientific and socioeconomic factors. Written and oral presentations of these reports count for 50 percent of the total points awarded in the competition.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is sponsored by the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) in partnership with the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA). The Alaska regional competition is sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, with additional support from the Alaska Sea Grant College Program.

For more details, visit the Alaska Sea Grant Ocean Science Bowl website (

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