BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — For the first time in 12 years, a local team has won the Penguin Bowl, a regional ocean science academic competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.
Boardman High School bested 12 other teams at the Feb. 1 competition, including East Palestine High School, Leetonia High School and Ursuline High School. The competition took place at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
Multiple teams containing four or five students on each team participated in this year’s Penguin Bowl, which consisted of buzzer-style, multiple-choice questions and open-ended, team challenge questions.
Boardman High School now will face 21 other regional champions in the 17th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl at the University of Washington in Seattle May 1-4.
Boardman High School’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl team is coached by Heather Moran. Team members include Matt Stark, Luke Carabbia, Kaye Moyer, Megan Banks and Jimmy Jones.
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C. NOSB seeks to interest students in pursuing a college degree and future career in the ocean sciences. Through this educational forum, the NOSB strives to encourage and support the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates and informed citizens, to consider and appreciate the ocean. Approximately 2,000 students from more than 300 high schools will participate in 2014.
Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer, a geology professor at Youngstown State University, and Margie Marks are the NOSB Penguin Bowl regional coordinators.
The competition was sponsored by the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, YSU, the Oh Wow! Museum in downtown Youngstown, the Akron Zoo, the Cleveland MetroParks Zoo, the National Aviary, the Carnegie Science Center, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Slippery Rock University, McGraw-Hill Publishing and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.