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High School Students get ready to dive into the Regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl

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Narragansett, R.I. -- February 20, 2004 -- For the seventh year in a row, the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) is proud to be the host of the Rhode Island and Connecticut regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). Dubbed the Quahog Bowl, the tournament will be held at the URI Narragansett Bay Campus on Saturday, February 28.

The teams representing 14 schools in Rhode Island and Connecticut will compete in team challenge, round robin and double elimination rounds, answering questions prepared by top national marine researchers and educators. Students will test their marine science knowledge with questions on biology, chemistry, geology, technology, social sciences, and geography.

Participating schools in 2004 include: Bridgeport Aquaculture Vocational School (Bridgeport, CT), Classical HS (Providence, RI), Cranston HS East (Cranston, RI), Cranston HS West (Cranston, RI), Marianapolis Prep School (Thompson, CT), Narragansett HS (Narragansett, RI), North Kingstown HS (North Kingstown, RI), North Providence HS (Providence, RI), Plainville HS (Plainville, CT), Portsmouth HS (Portsmouth, RI), Southington HS (Southington, CT), Waterford HS (Waterford, CT), West Warwick HS (West Warwick, RI), and Woodstock Academy (Woodstock, CT).

The winning regional teams from across the nation will be invited to the national competition on April 24-25, which will be held in Charleston, South Carolina.

Each of the five students on the top two teams in the Quahog Bowl will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship, an oceanographic sampling field trip on the R/V Capín Bert, and many other prizes.

Organized by the URI Office of Marine Programs, the 2004 Quahog Bowl is hosted by the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) in collaboration with Mystic Aquarium and the Institute for Exploration, a major sponsor.

"The goal of this national initiative is to interest bright high school students in ocean sciences," said Gail Scowcroft, Associate Director of Marine and Environmental Education at URIís Office of Marine Programs. "We have a critical need in the U.S. for scientists who will be able to solve marine-related problems, and we are pleased that the URI Graduate School of Oceanography is able to provide this service to Rhode Island and Connecticut high school students."

Patterned after the National Science Bowl, the National Ocean Sciences Bowl was created in 1998 by the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) to provide a forum for students who excel in math and science to receive national recognition for their diligence and talent while broadening their awareness and understanding of the oceans.

National sponsors of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Office of Naval Research, the Oceanographer of the Navy, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, Minerals Management Service, the Ocean Conservancy, Sea Education, Dolphin Quest, Hilton, Oceanic Engineering Society, and the Brunswick Public Foundation.

Major regional sponsors include the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Mystic Aquarium, Pfizer, Inc., NOAA Fisheries Narragansett Laboratory, Rhode Island Sea Grant, Connecticut Sea Grant, URI Friends of Oceanography, the URI Presidentís Office, the Continental Sloop Providence, and Sea Education Association.

For more information about the competition, contact Gail Scowcroft in the URI Office of Marine Programs at (401) 874-6211 or visit the NOSB website at .