Langham Creek takes top honors at Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl

March 06, 2006

By Bianca Whitaker

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — Students from Langham Creek High School in Houston, Texas, captured the two top prizes at the Texas Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl competition March 4 at Texas A&M University.

Two teams from the school went head-to-head in the final round of the Dolphin Challenge, which was coordinated for the first time this year by the Texas Sea Grant College Program in TAMU’s College of Geosciences. Fourteen teams from 10 high schools in the northern part of the state competed for the honor of representing the region at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB® ) May 13-15 in Pacific Grove, Calif.

"Texas Sea Grant is particularly proud of the talented students who participated in this year’s NOSB competition,” said Dr. Robert Stickney, Texas Sea Grant director. “It was a new adventure for many of us — it was the first time that Sea Grant coordinated the event and the first time attending for many of the schools that competed. I offer my congratulations to the winners and to all the players and coaches, and my thanks to the many volunteers who made this competition possible.”

Langham Creek Team 1, which took the top spot, narrowly defeated A&M Consolidated of College Station in the semifinals, while Langham Creek Team 2 won in competition with Coronado High School of Lubbock to also make it to the final round.

Members of the first-place Langham Creek team are Andrew Munoz, Leah LaMaster, Marziya Hasan and Clinton Russell, with Samantha Amstadt as alternate. Langham Creek Team 2 members are Lindsay Christensen, Jessie Crawford, James T. Lang and James Micah Rosen. Langham Creek teacher Nancy Attaway coached both teams to victory.

Poteet High School from Mesquite, Texas, took home the competition’s Best Sportsmanship Award. Coached by Kyle Rimler, the team members are Jane Mathew, Renu Mathews, Daniel Simon and Merrill Raju, with alternate Dinh Huynh.

NOSB is a college bowl-style competition that provides an opportunity for students to receive national recognition for excellence in math and science and stimulates their interest in marine science as a possible career. Teams of high school students compete by answering questions about the earth’s oceans from a wide range of disciplines, including physics, geology, biology, chemistry and the social sciences. NOSB is a program of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research & Education located in Washington, D.C., and currently supports 25 regional competitions across the country. 

The NOSB competition includes Q&A “buzzer” rounds, team challenge questions, educational field trips and social activities that encourage interaction among student peers and with marine scientists. For more information on the competition or to view sample quiz questions, visit www.nosb.org.

For more information:
Bianca Whitaker
NOSB Regional Coordinator
Texas Sea Grant College Program
979-204-2741

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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.