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2/21/2018
Tsunami Bowl in Seward

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ten Ketchikan High School students recently competed in the state Ocean Sciences Bowl competition, otherwise known as the Tsunami Bowl, in Seward.

The students wrote a research paper that was due in early December, and presented it at the competition. Their paper was titled, “Comparing the ocean influence on extreme precipitation in two regions.”

In addition to the paper and presentation, both Ketchikan teams competed in the quiz bowl, according to Kayhi Ocean Science Bowl coach Julie Landwehr. Their teams also had several entries in the art competition. They submitted their pieces through Kayhi art teacher Louise Kern.

There were 22 teams from all over the state competing, from Ketchikan to Scammon Bay.

Team Saber-toothed Salmon from Ketchikan included Kayhi students Ben Ranniger, Laura Sherrill, Caity Pearson, Tyler Merle and Xavier de Liedekerke. They received a 6.4 out of 10 on their paper; an 8.2 out of 10 on their presentation score; and took seventh place in the quiz bowl.

Team Saber-toothed Smolts from Ketchikan included Anne Coss, Talisa McKinley, Jessilynn Sivertsen, Elia Zurfluh and Zach Tighe. The team took 18th place in the quiz bowl.

“It is noteworthy that, for the quiz bowl, Anne Coss joined the Petersburg team that had two members missing, so that they could participate,” Landwehr said in an email to the Daily News. “This mixed team got 15th place in the quiz.”

Kayhi saw winners in the Ocean Connection Art Show as well. Stephanie Thompson won second place in the 3D mixed media category for her piece, “A Salmon’s Journey.” Sarah Polarvan was awarded an honorable mention in this category, as well, for her piece, “Peaceful Floating.”

In the 2D mixed media art show category, Kayhi saw Kailey Edenshaw win second place for her piece, “Beauty Mindlessly Floating Thru Water.”

The Kayhi Ocean Sciences Bowl team will be sharing its research with the community at the Feb. 23 Friday Night Insight at 6 p.m. at the Discovery Center.