The bowl got off to a roaring start as the 20 teams gathered in separate rooms to begin the contest. Students quickly became engrossed in the competition, answering questions in a rapid-fire exchange. The „rounds,‰ each lasting approximately 16 minutes, continued into the evening. Six teams advanced to the semi-finals. The tournament culminated as Lexington and State College battled their way to the finals. All the winners and participants were acknowledged at an awards ceremony immediately following the final contest.
"NOSB/2000 was great this year!" said Sarah Schoedinger, National Coordinator. "Everyone involved in this program from the regional level on up works so hard to make this a success, but I especially commend the coaches who encourage and prepare these bright high school students."
PRIZES: First Place: The champions will enjoy a trip to coastal California from the Monterey Bay area to Catalina Island. The 10-12 day trip will include visits to several oceanographic laboratories, a research-vessel cruise, and visits to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Long Marine Lab.
Second Place: The 2nd-place team will travel to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary for 5-6 days. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a fish count, snorkel over reefs, and visit mangrove swamps.
Third Place: Cape Cod is the destination for the 3rd-place team. The winners will enjoy a 4-5 day trip but unlike the summer tourists, the students will stay on the Sea Education Association's campus. They will have a behind-the-scenes tour of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and will cruise on a coastal research vessel, among other activities.
Fourth Place: The 4th-place team will fly to Michigan where they will visit GLERL's (Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory's) Lake Michigan Field Station, take a cruise on a research vessel, and participate in a field trip to the coastal and sand-dune communities of Lake Michigan.
The four top-placing teams also received sets of ocean science textbooks, engraved trophies, and gift certificates to purchase scientific equipment for their schools. The top two coaches received a one-year membership in the Marine Technology Society (MTS). The Mt. Carmel High School team of San Diego was honored for "best sportsmanship" and received $3,000 scholarships from the Sea Education Association. All 20 teams received engraved plaques and a backpack of goodies. All coaches received a TI-83 Plus calculator from Texas Instruments.
NOSB is made possible by the generous support of the following Federal agencies and offices: National Aeronautics and Space Administration; National Marine Fisheries Service; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; National Science Foundation; National Sea Grant College Program; Oceanographer of the Navy; Office of Naval Research; and the U.S. Geological Survey. The NOSB is also supported by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics and Surveillance Systems; US Airways, Group and Meeting Travel; Anteon Corporation; the Center for Marine Conservation; Texas Instruments; and private individuals.
Photos of the final competition can be seen on the CORE/NOSB Web site.
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Nat'l Ocean Sciences Bowl Winner