Marshfield High School Ocean Bowl Team Heads to National Competition

Branden Bodendorfer

15th Regional Win for Students from Marshfield High School

OnFocus – The Marshfield High School Ocean Bowl Team will be competing in finals of National Ocean Sciences Bowl for the fifteenth time. They have taken the title four times and were runners-up the past two years.

[Recently, the MHS Science Bowl Team won their regional competition and are heading to Washington D.C at the end of April.]

Five students from Marshfield High School will compete against other top high school scholars in the 21st annual National Finals Competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) next Thursday, April 19 to Sunday, April 22. The Marshfield High School team won the Lake Sturgeon Bowl Regional and joins 22 other regional winners (out of more than 350 competing teams) at Finals at the University of Colorado Boulder (hosted by the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES)). This is the fifteenth time students from Marshfield High School have competed in the NOSB Finals.

The Marshfield High School team consists of: Suhaas Bhat (jr), Carter Chojnacki (jr), Nikita Gonugunta (jr), Muhammad Abidi (jr), and David Gui (sr).

“We as a team are extremely excited to be attending Nationals and representing our region. This competition has expanded our understanding and appreciation for the oceans and the global environment, and we hope to spread this appreciation to our fellow students through this competition,” said Muhammad Abidi

“The great thing about Ocean Bowl, and oceanography as a whole, is its ability to integrate all the sciences into one field, seamlessly using physics, chemistry, biology and earth science to understand the whole world around us,” said Suhaas Bhat (team captain).

Students will test their knowledge of ocean-related topics, which include cross-disciplines of biology, chemistry, policy, physics, and geology by answering buzzer-style, multiple choice questions, and longer, critical thinking-based team challenge questions. They will also participate in the Science Expert Briefing, a mock congressional hearing where they present science recommendations on a piece of legislation, enhancing their critical thinking skills and building a better understanding of the broader context of science.

The NOSB, the signature education program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, is building the next generation of ocean-literate citizens and scientists, educating them on timely topics that will remain relevant for years to come. The Finals theme this year is Our Ocean Shaping Weather.

Supporters at home can follow the Marshfield High School team at the NOSB National Finals competition this weekend on Twitter (@NOSBRocks), FacebookInstagram, and Tumblr using #NOSB18.

About National Ocean Sciences Bowl

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C. Now in its 21st year, the NOSB seeks to interest students in pursuing a college degree and a 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. Most high school students do not have the opportunity to study ocean science as part of their formal coursework, which makes the NOSB one of the only ways students gain exposure to this field. Many past NOSB participants have moved on to pursue college degrees and careers in ocean science, helping to solve the growing environmental, economic and security issues facing our ocean and planet. The 2018 national NOSB program is made possible through the following major sponsors: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Wendy & Eric Schmidt, Deerbrook Charitable Trust, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. A complete list of sponsors can be found here.

About Consortium for Ocean Leadership

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) is a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization that represents the leading public and private ocean research education institutions, aquaria, and industry with the mission to shape the future of ocean science and technology. In addition to its advocacy role as the voice of the ocean research and technology community, COL manages a variety of community-wide research and education programs in areas of ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.

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