Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Santa Monica High 'Catches Next Wave' to Nationals

Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl competition winners -- Santa Monica High School.
The winning high school team, Santa Monica High School, with their coach Ingo Gaida. The team members from left to right include: Madeleine Young, Dana Ritchie, Zack Gold and Mari LeGagnoux. › Larger image

In a very close competition, Santa Monica High School beat Arcadia High School for the title of Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl Champion. The event took place in a lecture hall at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Feb. 5. Eighteen student teams from throughout Southern California, each with four students and one alternate, competed in the fast-paced, game-show format event.

After a final match between Santa Monica High and Arcadia High, with a score of 64-56, the Santa Monica team secured their spot as the champions of the 12th annual Los Angeles "Surf Bowl."

The annual event, based on ocean sciences, focused on four main disciplines: biology, chemistry, geology, and the physical properties of the marine/coastal environment.

Santa Monica High School earned an all-expense paid trip to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl at Texas A&M University at Galveston, April 29 through May 1. About 2,000 students from more than 300 high schools nationwide will participate in this academic competition. The theme for this year's competition is "Human Responses to Ocean Events."

The competition was developed to foster the next generation of marine scientists, researchers and environmental advocates. The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is a program of the nonprofit Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education, based in Washington, D.C. USC's Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., co-host the academic competition. JPL is managed by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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