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National Ocean Science Bowl Team Excels At Regional Competition

On February 6, 2010, the Plainville High School National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB) team competed in the regional competition known as the Quahog Bowl at UCONN's Avery Point campus in Groton, Connecticut. The team, led by senior captain Rachel Orzechowski, placed fifth overall out of the eighteen teams present during the competition. Additional Plainville High School team members included seniors Nicole Orzechowski, Daria Bednarczyk, David Benoit, and junior Lauren Mankowski.

The team, led by faculty member advisors Ken Fusco and Cheryl Hathaway, met once a week during the month of September and twice a week up until the competition to study and prepare for the event. In addition to gathering information about marine sciences, the students also practiced mock competitions. PHS alumnus Emily Brown, who received a bachelor of science in biology this past year, also worked with the student group.

According to Fusco, who has served as an advisor since 2001, the club is open to all Plainville High School students, but only five are able to compete. Those students are selected based on their knowledge, passion, and dedication to the team.

The NOSB team is an academic club aimed at making students, parents, and school members more aware of ocean stewardship while preparing students to compete in a regional competition. According to the NOSB website, "The NOSB is a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed high school academic competition that provides a forum for talented students to test their knowledge of the marine sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, and geology."

After three double elimination rounds, the Plainville team ended their run in the Quahog Bowl competition. Prizes awarded to the team included book bags, t-shirts, gift cards and books, as well as a free ticket to Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport.

"I am so proud of the team this year. They really worked hard. It’s nice to see students compete in an academic setting and do as well as they did. They deserve all the accolades they can get," said Fusco.

"Our NOSB team is a source of great pride at Plainville High School. Their hard work and dedication are extremely commendable," commented Plainville High School Principal, Greg Ziogas.

-Posted on March 12, 2010 at 10:06 AM


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