Juneau team again tops in Tsunami Bowl championship

Mike Dunham

For the sixth year in a row, a Juneau team has won the Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition for science-minded high schoolers. Pelagic Magic, from Juneau-Douglas High School, took top place in the tournament, also known as the Tsunami Bowl, held in Seward on March 2 and 3.

The Nefarious Dawgsharks of Cordova placed second, and Twilight Zone, from Homer, came in third in a field of 21 teams involving about 120 students.

The academic competition, organized by the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, consisted of a research paper, oral presentation and quiz, with points awarded in each activity.

A new addition to the 15-year-old event this year involved a challenge to design, build, test and complete underwater tasks with a remotely operated submarine vehicle -- all in less than two hours. The Mat-Su Career and Technical High School Tiger Sharks won that stand-alone event.

Awards included five scholarships from Icicle Seafoods totaling $25,000.

In addition to the cities represented by the top three, teams came from Dillinham, Fairbanks, Kenny Lake, Ketchikan, Kotlik, Kotzebue, Petersburg, Scammon Bay, Seward, Unalaska and Wasilla.

More information is available at www.sfos.uaf.edu/nosb/.

Reach Mike Dunham at mdunham@adn.com or 257-4332.

Anchorage Daily News