Team from Local Wisconsin High School Travels to Boston to Sail Aboard the schooner Westward
(Washington, D.C.) – The Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®) is pleased to announce that the champions of the 13th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl Finals Competition, Marshfield High School, has just returned from their award trip to Boston, Mass.
The 2010 NOSB Finals was held at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and USF’s College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg, Florida. After testing their ocean knowledge at their regional bowl and at the two-day Finals Competition, Marshfield High School took the grand prize, a trip aboard the SSV Westward, a 125-foot schooner run by the Ocean Classroom Foundation. The seven-day trip was awarded to the team after they overcame 24 other talented high school teams in the final rounds of this academic science competition.
During the trip, the team members in attendance, Seth Berger, Alex Jensen and Michael Josephson, with Coach Paul Herder, sailed aboard Ocean Classroom Foundation’s Student Schooner Vessel the Westward. They became crew aboard the ship, hoisting and easing sails, steering the ship, standing lookout at the bow and participating in night watches. The vessel started in Boston, stopped in Provincetown, Mass. to visit the Center for Coastal Studies, and continued on to Appledore Island, Maine to see the University of New Hampshire’s Shoals Marine Lab, before returning to Boston.
The team was accompanied by the Lake Sturgeon Bowl’s Regional Coordinator Jim Lubner of Wisconsin Sea Grant and Norma Reyes, a student that participated in the Lake Sturgeon Bowl’s Diversity Initiative Program.
“The vessel ride was an exhilarating, hands-on learning experience for the entire team,” said Jensen. “I really enjoyed the ability to stand on the side of the ship, look across the ocean, and see first hand whales, seabirds, and countless other marine animals.”
The first place trip was made possible with the support of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program. Each first place team member also received a $1,000 scholarship to Hood College’s Coastal Studies program and a set of FishFlips fish ID books, while the Coach received a one year membership to the Marine Technology Society.
For more information about NOSB, visit www.nosb.org.