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Petersburg high school offers partial credit for science bowl


The Petersburg District School Board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to allow students participating in the Alaska Tsunami Ocean Science Bowl to earn half a credit.

The Ocean Science Bowl is a regional competition for high schools in Alaska where teams of students study topics related to oceans and present research papers, give oral presentations and participate in a timed quiz competition.

Middle and High School Principal Rick Dormer said Petersburg students dedicate a significant amount of time to the project.

“The kids are putting in the hours, they’re putting in the work, they’re gaining the knowledge,” Dormer said. “They’re really doing hands-on, scientific, real world research.”

Science Teacher Joni Johnson works with the students as they research topics and write their research papers.

“We have scheduled practices twice a week but then more often, like with the research paper, a couple of weekends and Thanksgiving break days we were plugging away at it,” Johnson said.

The half credit would go towards the required elective credits each student needs to graduate and would not be a substitute for required science courses.

This year’s bowl topic is Ocean Challenges at Present and in the Future.

The six students who have named their team participating in this year’s bowl will present a project entitled “The Effects of Ocean Freshening on Marine and Atmospheric Circulation: Impacts and Solutions” in Seward during the first weekend in March.

The winning team will go on to compete against other students across the United States.


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