The N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham competed and won the Blue Heron Bowl, a regional ocean science academic competition that is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.
The Blue Heron Bowl, which was held at N.C. State University, tests students’ knowledge of ocean science disciplines through buzzer-style, multiple-choice questions and open-ended, team-challenge questions.
The team includes Chase Yuan, Katerine Yang, Justin Zhang, Pranav Arrepev and J. Chandler Gay. It’s coached by David Green and Christine Muth.
The team will compete against 22 other regional champions in the 18th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl, which is being hosted in April by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs, Miss.
The bowl strives to encourage and support the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers and others to be stewards of the ocean.
The theme of this year’s bowl is the science of oil in the ocean, a timely and relevant topic given that 2015 marks the five year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico.