For the third year in a row, students from Viera High School won the Manatee Bowl, a regional ocean science academic competition that is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB ®).
Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute hosted this year's Manatee Bowl, which is part of a nationwide competition that tests students' knowledge of ocean science disciplines through buzzer-style, multiple-choice questions, and open-ended team challenge questions.
FAU Harbor Branch’s Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., director of education and coordinator of the Manatee Bow said, “the event is an opportunity for Florida’s high school students to showcase their interest and understanding of one of our greatest resources, our oceans.”
“I believe the National Ocean Science Bowl is a challenging and fun event, not only for the students, but also for their teachers, and the scientists and volunteers who hosted, organized and volunteered at this event,” said Hanisak.
The Viera High School team will now advance to the 22nd annual NOSB®in Washington, DCon April 11-14.
Viera High School’s winning team includes Aleena Arguil, Johanna Campbell, Danielle Dowgiallo, Katelyn Palmer, and J Ungos. coached by Debbie Tweedie and Oscar Stang coached them.
The other top teams were Eau Gallie High Team A (second place), Fort Pierce Central High School Team A (third place), and Miami’s MAST Academy Team A (fourth place). The winner of this year’s Sportsmanship Award was South Broward High School from Hollywood.
NOSB®seeks to interest students in the ocean sciences as a college major and potential career. 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.
Students around the country spend months working with volunteer coaches to get ready for competitions, which pit four-student teams against each other in rapid-fire buzzer rounds of multiple choice and short-answer questions, as well as in team challenge questions. Topics include ocean biology, chemistry, geology, physics, navigation, geography, and related history, literature, and public policy.
Since its inception 22 years ago, the NOSB®Florida Manatee Bowl has been co-hosted by FAU Harbor Branch and the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Both institutions provided moderators and judges for the event.
High Schools attending the 2019 Florida Manatee Bowl in Fort Pierce: