February 28, 2003
Contact: Phyllis Shoemaker, Alaska Coordinator, National Ocean Sciences Bowl, University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, 907-224-4312.

Juneau and Chugiak take top honors in Ocean Sciences Bowl

Tempest overcomes mad mad mollusks

SEWARD, Alaska—High school students from Juneau took first and second place overall in the sixth annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl. The competition to see who knows the most about Alaska's marine environment was held February 21–23 in Seward.

In all, 14 teams represented 12 schools from across the state in competition that featured a rapid-fire question and answer ocean knowledge quiz along with presentation of research projects. "Team Tempest" from Juneau-Douglas High School took first place overall in this combined competition. They were followed by Juneau's "Team Avalanche." Chugiak High School's "Team Mad Mad Mad Mollusks" took third place overall.

As the overall first place winner, Team Tempest will represent Alaska in the U.S. National Ocean Sciences Bowl Finals, April 25–28 in La Jolla, California. The team's students also received one-year tuition waivers to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

In the individual competitions, Kodiak High School's team, "Perspicacious Pinnipeds," took first place in the knowledge quiz. Chugiak came in second in the quiz, while Juneau's team "Avalanche" finished third. First place Kodiak team members received one-year tuition waivers from the University of Alaska Southeast.

The three-day event also featured a juried art show. Heather Harris of Juneau won "Best of Show" with her textile/mixed media wearable art titled "Fishing for the Perfect Man." Harris' entry was a handmade dress laden with fishing lures and beer bottle caps.

For additional competition and art show category results, visit the Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl website.

Teams from Anchorage, Bethel, Chugiak, Homer, Juneau, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Mat-Su, Selewik, Seward, and Soldotna took part in the 2003 Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

The Alaska regional competition was sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, with additional support from the Alaska Sea Grant College Program. Additional assistance comes from the University of Alaska President's Special Projects Fund, the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center, The University of Alaska Marine Advisory Program, Alaska SeaLife Center, Marine Conservation Alliance, Oceana, KAKM-TV, Kenai Fjord Tours, Glosten, Inc., Totem Ocean Trailer Express, and Icicle Seafoods Seward Fisheries, among others.

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).

Related websites

2003 Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl results
Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Team Rosters