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North High students compete in Ocean Bowl

March 23, 2009|By JANET HEIM

A team of three North Hagerstown High School students competed in the Chesapeake Bay Region Ocean Bowl, a regional competition that is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. It was held Feb. 21 at American University in Washington, D.C.

This was the school's fifth trip to the competition.

The goal of the program is to interest students in the ocean sciences as a college major and potential career, according to a press release. It is a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington.

North Hagerstown High teacher Connie Lenhart, who teaches advanced-placement environmental science, coached a team of students - Andrew Barnhart, Patrick Creighton and Esaite LaKew - at the competition. They were one of 10 teams and were at a disadvantage because they were down one student against teams of four to five.

Lenhart said it was tough competing against the magnet school teams that were so well prepared. A positive attitude earned North High's team the Sarah Tilman Sportsmanship Award for spirit.

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"We won more points in our team challenge than our opponent, but we were slow on the buzzer. We will return again next year," said Lenhart in an e-mail.

She added that her team came away from the event realizing how much they do know about the oceans. Lenhart said that while there isn't an oceanography course at North High, students learn the other disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics and environmental issues through a variety of science courses at the school.

The winning team earned a spot against 24 other regional champions in the 12th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl to be held April 25 to 27 at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History's Ocean Hall in Washington, D.C.

For more information about the bowl, go to www.oceanleadership.org/link/nosb/promo.

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