Three-Peat for Wisconsin High School Students in National Ocean Competition
Marshfield is virtually dead center in Wisconsin and just about in the middle of the continental U.S. Despite being hundreds of miles from saltwater, the city produces some pretty briny kids.
That fact was again apparent at the spring 2011 National Ocean Sciences Bowl in Galveston, Texas, where the Marshfield High School team captured the national crown for the third year in a row. The five youngsters bested 25 other schools, many in sea-coastal states. The team lost only one match during the two-day event.
Wisconsin Sea Grant provides financial and personnel support for the Lake Sturgeon Bowl, which has taken place for nine years. That state competition is the qualifying arena for the national competition. It is held in February in Milwaukee.
After the victory, Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Education Coordinator Jim Lubner said, “I was extremely proud of how these fine young people, from both finalist teams, conducted themselves. Every time I attend one of these competitions I am reminded of how bright our future will be if these young people are able to realize their potential as leaders in a diversity of fields.”
First prize for the winning team includes a week-long trip to Puerto Rico this summer, with a visit to the El Junque rain forest, nighttime kayaking on a bioluminescent lagoon and a variety of other activities.