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Lower Dauphin team sixth at oceanography competition in Delaware

Posted 2/13/18

A team of five Lower Dauphin High School students finished sixth at the annual Chesapeake Bay Bowl and won the sportsmanship award.

The annual oceanography competition was held Feb. 3 at the …

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Lower Dauphin team sixth at oceanography competition in Delaware

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A team of five Lower Dauphin High School students finished sixth at the annual Chesapeake Bay Bowl and won the sportsmanship award.

The annual oceanography competition was held Feb. 3 at the University of Delaware’s campus in Lewes. It is the regional completion of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl and featured schools from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The winning team is from Silver Spring, Maryland.

Lower Dauphin’s team of seniors Owen Coonelly, James Rodgers, Emily Scholfield, and Michelle Yohe, and junior Kelly Barr, placed third in their division and made it to the quarterfinals before being eliminated.

“We did quite well competing against many schools which had oceanography classes,” said team coach Ron Yerger, a retired science teacher at the high school. “Our students had to work hard on their own to learn the material needed to compete successfully and they certainly did a great job. I’m also proud of their earning the sportsmanship award. Several volunteer judges commented on the friendliness exhibited by our team.”

The students also participated in an educational program on sand dune dynamics at Cape Henlopen State Park the day before.

Inaugurated in 1999, the Chesapeake Bay Bowl is one of 25 regional finals for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, a contest that provides a forum for students excelling in math and science to receive recognition for their talents, while broadening their awareness and understanding of oceans.  Participating schools compete in rapid-fire, question-and-answer, team challenge and quiz-bowl-style games. Subject areas of emphasis in the contest include biology, chemistry, geology, physical properties, history, and marine policy, as well as navigation, technology, geography, social sciences and ocean-related current events.