South Texas High School Students Prepare for 2014 Loggerhead Challenge March 1

February 24, 2014

By Terrie Looney

PORT ARANSAS, Texas — The Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University will host the Loggerhead Challenge, a regional ocean science competition for high school students, March 1 at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas.

Eleven teams from South Texas high schools will take part in the Loggerhead Challenge, which is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C. NOSB is designed to encourage and support the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians and informed citizens to be stewards of the ocean. In 2014, about 2,000 students from more than 300 high schools will participate, demonstrating their knowledge of marine and coastal science by answering questions from biology, chemistry, physics, geography, geology and the social sciences.

Terrie Looney, NOSB Regional Coordinator and Texas Sea Grant’s Coastal and Marine Resources Agent for Jefferson and Chambers Counties, predicted an exciting competition.

“Annapolis Christian will be defending their title from the past two years, but 2011’s winners, Chaparral Star Academy, will also be competing, and I wouldn’t count any of the other teams out of the running, either,” she said. “The knowledge all of the students show at this competition is always impressive."

Confirmed high schools participating in the 2014 Loggerhead Challenge are Annapolis Christian Academy, Corpus Christi; Chaparral Star Academy, Austin; Tom C. Clark High School, San Antonio; Gregory-Portland High School, Portland; James Madison High School, San Antonio; McAllen Memorial High School, McAllen; and Foy H. Moody High School, Corpus Christi.

Texas Sea Grant also hosts the Dolphin Challenge, the regional competition for the northern part of the state. A team from Langham Creek High School in Houston won the 2014 Dolphin Challenge, which was held Feb. 1 at Texas A&M University at Galveston. They and the winners of the Loggerhead Challenge will compete in the national finals against 22 other regional winners May 1-4 in Seattle, Washington.

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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.