Five students from Petersburg High Schools participated in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), coming in fourth overall against 20 other teams in the region.
The Petersbug team included Tyler Lantiegne, who served as team captain, as well as Kyla Compton, Diane Murph, Nicole Peterson and Kyle Hagerman. The team competed as the Cexy Cnidarians. Coaches Joni Johnson and Sunny Rice, the Marine Advisory Agent with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, also assisted.
The team delivered a 20-minute presentation on their project: Southeast Alaska Inside Waters Management Plan of Walleye Pollock (Theragra chalcogramma).
NOSB is the research component of the competition, in which the teams prepare a 20-page research paper that is submitted in December, and present the 20-minute oral presentation at the Tsunami Bowl in February or March.
“The most intimidating part of the program was the presentation,” Compton said.
The research project counts 50 percent toward the final score and complements the quiz competition, where teams of four students, plus an optional alternate, compete against each other in a timed quiz match, which contributes the other 50 percent of the final score.
The winning team of the 2012 Tsunami Bowl will have all expenses paid to travel to Baltimore, Maryland, April 19 to 22, to compete against other regional teams from across the U.S.
Compton, 18, was inspired to get involved because of peer pressure, she said. But for Peterson, 15 and Murph, 16, the girls hope to participate again next year.
The idea came from Lantiegne's father Randy who is the fleet manager for Icicle Seafoods. Lantiegne participated last year and said he learned a lot from participating a second time around.
The team also impressed the judges when Murph placed best in show for a paper quilling project. “I want to do this again next year,” Murph said. Peterson also expressed interest in coming back, she said
The competitors are working on not only new project ideas, but also ways to recruit new students for next year's competition.