Arcadia H.S took 1st place in the National Ocean Science Bowl Competition. Image credit: Photo by Will Ramos / Ocean Leadership
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl, coordinated by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, is in many ways similar to the National Science Bowl but focuses specifically on ocean-related topics. Student teams compete nationwide, answering questions about biology, chemistry, geology and physics of the oceans, as well as navigation, geography and related history and literature.
JPL, in association with the University of Southern California, co-hosts the Los Angeles regional competition called Surf Bowl. The 2013 Regional Competition was held at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on March 2, 2013.
The final match at the 14th annual Los Angeles "Surf Bowl" was in no case a case of déjà vu for the participants and the spectators who watched this year's finals. Arcadia High School emerged victorious beating out longtime rival Santa Monica High School in intense final rounds of ocean sciences trivia. Third place went to Huntington High School. The Sportsmanship Award went to Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet School.
The Arcadia High School team was awarded an all-expense-paid trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. About 2,000 students from more than 300 high schools nationwide participate in this academic competition.