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May 12, 2008

NOSB finals a resounding success

High school marine science competition scores a series of firsts

Seward, Alaska—Top-notch high school students from around the nation gathered in Seward at the end of April for the finals of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. It was the first time in the eleven-year history of the NOSB competition that the finals were held in Alaska. The students enjoyed a long weekend of adventure and tough competition.

Students and coaches enjoyed a naturalist-guided trip from Anchorage to Portage on the Alaska Railroad and a Kenai Fjords tour of Resurrection Bay donated by Renown Tours.

The students hailed from Florida to New Hampshire, and from Hawaii to the Midwest. A frequent exclamation on the train ride to Portage was "this is the first time I've ever seen snow!"

In fact, there was so much snow, the train could not continue on its planned trip to Seward because of an avalanche in the rugged mountains between Portage and Seward.

On the Kenai Fjords tour, many students saw their first bald eagles, puffins, Steller sea lions and humpback whales. Some also saw their first glaciers. Despite the cold and rainy weather, students crowded the outside decks to see a sampling of Alaska's coastline.

Students also enjoyed dinner at the Alaska SeaLife Center, and a barbeque dinner on Saturday night featuring fresh wild Alaska halibut and salmon. Many of the students at the barbecue enjoyed their first taste of fresh Alaska halibut and salmon.

On Saturday and Sunday, the students engaged in head-to-head combat over tough questions about the world's oceans. On the final day of the competition, Sunday, April 27, the top two teams, Mission San Jose High School and Lincoln-Sudbury High School, faced off for the first and second place title. Both the first and second place teams won trips to Costa Rica.

Competition Results:
1st place: Lincoln-Sudbury High School, Sudbury, Massachusetts
2nd place: Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, California
3rd place: Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, California
4th place: Dexter High School, Dexter, Michigan
5th place: La Jolla High School, San Diego, California
6th place: ExCEL Academic League, Vancouver, Washington
7th place: Poudre High School, Fort Collins, Colorado
8th place: East Carteret High School, Beaufort, North Carolina

More about the NOSB finals in Alaska:
April 25 Seward Phoenix Log story: The sea geeks are coming

May 2 Seward Phoenix Log story: Sea-savvy students lock brains in Seward classrooms

Post-competition press release from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (Download 292 KB PDF)

Visit the NOSB donors webpage for a list of the donors whose generous donations made the event possible.

Photo slide shows coming soon!

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