Summer 2008

From left to right, top row: Elisa Prebble & Priya Pathak, Bottom row: Alex Jensen, Seth Burger, & Adam Denny. Photo: Caroline Joyce

Education News

Marshfield Students Take Gold, Head to Alaska

Marshfield High School took top honors in the Lake Sturgeon Bowl, an annual tournament that tests the marine and freshwater science knowledge of Wisconsin high school students. Twenty-four teams from around the state participated in this year’s event, held February 23 at the UW–Milwaukee.

As the first-place winner, the Marshfield High School team won an all-expenses-paid trip to the national finals in Seward, Alaska, where 25 teams from around the country competed April 25–27.

The Lake Sturgeon Bowl is a regional competition of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Teams of five students compete in multiple rounds of rapid-fire quiz questions and written team-challenge exercises. Students are tested on the physics, chemistry, biology, and geology of the oceans and Great Lakes, as well as on history, navigation, geography, current events, and other related topics. Marshfield battled its way to the double-elimination portion of the competition, where it was ultimately defeated by the eventual third-place winner.

In addition to help from more than 100 volunteers, the Lake Sturgeon Bowl is made possible by support from the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education, UW–Milwaukee Great Lakes WATER Institute, UW Sea Grant Institute, Brunswick Public Foundation, Wisconsin Energy Corporation Foundation, and the UW–Milwaukee Bookstore.

For more information about the competition, including photos of the 2008 teams, visit

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