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Art students win at ocean science contest

Heather Harris wins Best of Show with wearable art piece

Posted: Wednesday, March 05, 2003

A Juneau-Douglas High School student took top artistic honors at the sixth annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl. The competition to see who knows the most about Alaska's marine environment was held Feb. 21-23 in Seward.

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

Two other JDHS students were honored in the art competition.

Patti Kalbrener placed second in the three-dimensional sculpture category with the ceramic piece "Eels on Fire!" And Beth Geiger won an honorable mention in the three-dimensional pottery category for an untitled ceramic piece.

All were students of JDHS teacher Jan Neimeyer.

High school students from Juneau took first and second place overall in the bowl, in which 14 teams represented 12 schools from across the state.

Team Tempest took first place overall in the combined competition, followed by Team Avalanche. Chugiak High Schools Team Mad Mad Mad Mollusks took third place overall. For more on Juneau's winning teams, see Tuesday's Empire.

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.

For additional competition and art show category results, visit the Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl Web site at www.uaf.edu/seagrant/nosb/ and click on the Art Competition button.



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