Annapolis Christian Academy wins NOSB Sportsmanship Award

April 25, 2013

By Sarah Borchardt

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A group of Corpus Christi high school students were hailed as the most sportsmanlike participants at the 2013 National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®) Finals Competition last weekend.

Annapolis Christian Academy was chosen from among 25 teams to receive the James D. Watkins Sportsmanship Award. Voted upon by the competition’s volunteers, the award recognizes the team that best embodies the spirit of earnest competition while demonstrating exemplary decorum during the weekend-long event.

“The entire event was marked by such a great spirit of respect and encouragement among the teams and volunteers that it is a true honor to win this award,” said Annapolis Christian Academy Coach Sarah Borchardt. “So many other teams deserved it, too.”

The team of Andrew Hanks, Emily Borchardt, Austin Jones, Colton Garrett and Sam Stephens won the Loggerhead Challenge regional NOSB competition held at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas on Feb. 9. They advanced to compete against the other 24 regional champions from across the country at the 2013 NOSB Finals Competition held in Milwaukee April 18-21.

The NOSB, hosted in Texas by the Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University, is intended to increase knowledge of the oceans on the part of high school students, their teachers and parents, and to raise the visibility and public understanding of the national investment in ocean-related research, said Terrie Looney, regional coordinator for NOSB competitions in Texas. Looney is also the Texas Sea Grant Extension Program’s Coastal and Marine Resources Agent for Jefferson and Chambers counties.

About 2,000 students from more than 300 high schools participated nationwide in 2013 NOSB competitions. The Loggerhead Challenge, held annually in the Coastal Bend area, is one of two NOSB regional competitions hosted by Texas Sea Grant each year, and it is open to high school teams from south and west Texas. The other competition is the Dolphin Challenge, held annually in Galveston and open to teams from north and east Texas. Houston’s The Village School won the 2013 Dolphin Challenge and joined Annapolis Christian Academy at the 2013 NOSB Finals Competition.

Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas.It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 32 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources. 

The 
NOSB is managed nationally by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., representing 94 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy.

Pictured:

Annapolis Christian Academy from Corpus Christi was honored with the James D. Watkins Sportsmanship Award during closing ceremonies of the 2013 National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Finals Competition in Milwaukee on April 21. The award was presented by NOSB Director Kristen Yarincik (far left) and Robert Gagosian (far right), President/CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, which sponsors the NOSB. Team members are, from left, Colton Garrett, Emily Borchardt, Andrew Hanks, Austin Jones, Sam Stephens and Coach Sarah Borchardt. (Photo by Will Ramos/Consortium for Ocean Leadership)

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.