The Wando High School Marine Science Club took the title at the 19th annual Southern Stingray Bowl in Savannah, GA this past weekend. The Warriors competed against 13 teams from South Carolina and Georgia on the campus of Savannah State University. Wando won all of its qualifying rounds by significant margins, then went on to defeat Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology of Conyers, GA in the championship round, 47-33.
Wando’s Marine Science Club quiz bowl team is led by Jessica Anderson, the high school’s marine science teacher. The students who competed in the regional tournament team were Reese Alspector, Coltan Green, Joseph Hartnett (captain), and Ariel Lavendar.
“I am so proud of these kids,” exclaimed Anderson. “They've spent a lot of time studying on their own in addition to our weekly practices, and they deserved this win.”
The Warriors had to overcome some adversity on their road to the regional title this year.
“After a two-point loss in the regional finals last year, they were ready for redemption,” explained Anderson. “When our captain, Baker Leslie, got the flu the day before this year’s competition, the team really stayed focused and stepped up to fill the void of not having her there. Even though she wasn't able to make the regional competition, Baker will be able to go with us to Nationals. Joseph assumed the role of captain and did a fantastic job leading the team. Coltan's experience in competing and his natural love of all things ocean made him a strong competitor, and Ariel and Reese each brought a wealth of knowledge to the team, and had a great first competition.”
The Warriors’ victory in the Southern Stingray Bowl qualifies them for an all-expenses paid trip to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) in Corvallis, OR on the campus of Oregon State University April 20-23, 2017.
“We'll be working hard over the next few weeks to improve on our weaknesses and prepare for the national competition,” added Anderson. “We are all very excited for the trip!”
The team members also received $100 Amazon gift cards, and are now eligible to apply for a National Ocean Program Scholarship.
The NOSB is a quiz-bowl style academic competition that tests students’ knowledge of ocean-related topics, which include cross-disciplines of biology, chemistry, policy, physics, and geology. The NOSB is an interdisciplinary ocean science education program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
This year's theme at the national tournament is Blue Energy – Powering the Planet with our Ocean. Visit http://nosb.org/ for more information about the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.
For more information on the Wando High School Marine Science Club, please contact David Crockett at (843) 881-8232.