Fairbanks -For the fourth year in a row, high school students from Juneau took first place in the 13th annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl, also known as the Tsunami Bowl. South Anchorage High School's Team Starfish won second place.
The competition was held Feb. 5-7 in Seward. The competition consisted of two equally weighted parts: a tournament-style academic competition designed to challenge students' knowledge of ocean sciences; and a research project that has both written and public speaking components. This year the research project focused on receding sea ice and Alaska's coasts.
"It was wonderful to see so many enthusiastic students who are knowledgeable about the ocean and the important role it plays in so many aspects of our lives," said Phyllis Shoemaker, the organizer for the Tsunami Bowl.
This year's Tsunami Bowl broke several new records with 22 teams from 15 high schools and a total of 105 students participating.
"There are so many social and economic issues that are affected by the ocean," said Shoemaker. "Through the Tsunami Bowl research project and quiz competition, these students are developing important skills that will enable them to be the informed citizenry that must deal with these issues in the future."
The Juneau team consists of students from both Juneau-Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School. The team included team captain Andrew Gregovich, Sarah Donohoe, Seth Brickey, Sam Kurland, Martina Miller and longtime Tsunami Bowl coach Ben Carney. Brickey was voted most valuable player on the team.
The winning team from Juneau, called "Hot Tropic," won a free trip to compete against other regional teams in the NOSB finals in Florida in April.