Raleigh Charter team wins ocean sciences contest

March 31, 2013 

The A team from Raleigh Charter High School won the Blue Heron Bowl, which tested their knowledge of ocean science. From left are team coach Whit Hames and students Ben Whitfield, Jonathan Tseng (team captain), Jonathan Cookmeyer, Dan Qu and Ben Hames.

COURTESY OF THE CONSORTIUM FOR OCEAN LEADERSHIP

A team from Raleigh Charter High School has won the Blue Heron Bowl, a regional competition that’s part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

Jonathan Tseng, Ben Whitfield, Ben Hames, Dan Qu and Jonathan Cookmeyer comprised the school’s A team, which bested teams from eight other schools in rounds of buzzer-style, multiple-choice questions and open-ended, team-challenge questions to emerge in first place.

Raleigh Charter’s B team – Neeraj Suresh, Risigan Logendran, Andrew Zhou and Sanjay Kannan – came in fourth place.

The A team next competes against 24 other regional champions in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee later this month.

For winning the Blue Heron Bowl, which was held at N.C. State, each of the A team students will receive a paid trip to the national bowl, a $350 Amazon.com gift card, a four-day scuba certification course and, if they choose a marine-related major, a $1,000 scholarship to N.C. State.

The A team from the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham won second place in the competition, and the school’s B team came in third.

The competitions are sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington, D.C., which aims to encourage students to pursue knowledge of or careers in marine science and related fields.

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