By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Martha Davis
SPRING VALLEY, WI – The Spring Valley High School National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) team has been preparing since mid-October of last year meeting twice a week to study with their advisor, science teacher Mr. Mike Kvalheim. All of that hard work of studying paid off last weekend, February 4 and 5, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for their regional statewide competition at the Lake Sturgeon Bowl where they garnered a Second-Place finish.
The SV NOSB team is comprised of Michael Laffin, Julian Davis, Nathan Hannack, Craigen Anderson, and Blake Johnson.
Per the NOSB website from their 2015 Review: “The ocean is integrally linked to the global environmental challenges we face as a society—from climate change and coastal resilience to jobs and food security. But ocean science is not a topic generally covered in high school curricula, so most students aren’t learning about this critical subject.
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) has brought together the nation’s brightest high school scholars and immersed them in ocean science. The NOSB, an ocean science academic competition, allows students an invaluable opportunity to dive into the study of the ocean.
At both the regional and national level, the NOSB competition consists of buzzer-style, multiple choice questions and longer, critical thinking-based team challenge questions on ocean-related topics. Students also participated in the Scientific Expert Briefing, where they recreated a congressional testimony that provides a broader understanding of the connections between science, policy, communication and the public.
The NOSB is a broad community of students, educators, scientists, federal agencies, and sponsors. All members of the NOSB “family” benefit from the interactions with one another through question development, competition preparation and participation, and more. Many of the NOSB student participants go on to pursue a college degree or future career in marine science, as evidenced by data gathered from an ongoing NOSB longitudinal study, which began in 2000. When asked if their NOSB preparation and competition activities benefited them in their college career, 96% responded yes, noting specifically that they gained increased content knowledge, enhanced study and self-discipline skills, greater abilities to communicate in public, and heightened career interest and awareness.”
The First Place winners at State were a team from Marshfield, Wisconsin and the will go on to complete at the National NOSB in Corvallis, OR in April. With winning Second Place at the Lake Sturgeon Bowl the Spring Valley High School NOSB team won a trophy and will be headed out on a one-day trip this Spring on Lake Michigan aboard the UW Milwaukee research ship Neeskay.
Congratulations to the SVHS NOSB team and their advisor Mr. Kvalheim!