Langham Creek wins 2012 Dolphin Challenge

March 05, 2012

By Terrie Looney

GALVESTON, TX — Langham Creek High School’s “A” Team won the 2012 Dolphin Challenge Regional Competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) on Saturday and now advances to the National Finals.

The team of Andrew Hu, Syed Ali, Madison Selldin, Christina Tremel and Sydney Denmen emerged at the top of the 10-team field after a day of head-to-head matches where the high school students demonstrated their knowledge of marine and coastal science by answering questions from biology, physics, chemistry, geology, geography, mathematics and the social sciences. Langham Creek, from Houston, defeated second place finisher Sanger High School “A” Team in the final match, earning the right to face the winners of the other 24 NOSB regional competitions in Baltimore April 19-22. The Dolphin Challenge was held on the campus of Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG).

For the second straight year, Glenda Dawson High School from Pearlandwas honored with the Ralph Rayburn Sportsmanship Award, which is given to the team judged by competition officials to best embody the spirit of earnest competition while demonstrating exemplary decorum and character. The award is named in honor of host Texas Sea Grant College Program’s late Associate Director and Extension Program Leader, who worked tirelessly throughout his career to help protect our marine resources. Rayburn’s work ethic was legendary and he was widely respected as a man of great integrity, intelligence and generosity.

The rest of the Dolphin Challenge field comprised teams from Lubbock High School, Coronado High School (Lubbock), Langham Creek’s “B” Team, “B” and “C” teams from Sanger High School, Rains High School (Emory) and Coppell High School.

NOSB 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. The theme for the 2012 NOSB regional and national competitions is “A Sea of Change: Development and Evolution.” The theme not only deals with biological evolution, but the adaptations of humans to a changing ocean. For example, technologies are developed and evolve to address our nation’s need for operational forecasting systems and offshore alternative/renewable energy production, and how federal agencies have had to adapt their research and management practices to answer emerging issues such as ocean acidification.

The Dolphin Challenge is one of two NOSB regional competitions hosted in Texas by Texas Sea Grant each year, and it is open to high school teams from north and east Texas. The other competition is the Loggerhead Challenge, held in Corpus Christi and open to teams from south and west Texas. The 2012 Loggerhead Challenge was held February 4 on the campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and was won by hometown school Annapolis Christian Academy.

NOSB is managed nationally by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a nonprofit organization 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:

Langham Creek, from left: Syed Ali, Andrew Hu, Madison Selldin, coach Timothy Kraemer, Sydney Denmen and Christina Tremel.

Sanger A, from left: Zachary Fargo, Carlos Valls, coach Lori Bradley, Colten Youngblood, Haley Brey and Eli Springer.

Lubbock HS, from left: Cristian Millares-Rosiles, Sabiha Armin, Alexus Esquibel, coach Sean Anzaldua, Ahmad Awwal

Glenda Dawson, from left: Akshar Patel, Imran Khan, Christian Alejandro, Colton Andrews, Ajmal Khan, coach Cindy Ross

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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.