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Kayhi NOSB team wins Tsunami Bowl
Ketchikan High School’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl team members accept their medals after winning the state Tsunami Bowl event this past weekend in Seward. From left, team member Anne Coss, coach Julie Landwehr, and team members Remi Howe, Laura Sherrill, Talisa McKinley and Caity Pearson. Photo courtesy of Julie Landwehr.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan High School’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl team — the “Saber-toothed Salmon” — won first place at the state Tsunami Bowl event in Seward this past weekend, allowing them to compete at the national finals in April.

There were 20 Alaska teams competing in that category.

Students Anne Coss, Remi Howe, Talisa McKinley, Caity Pearson and Laura Sherrill comprised the Kayhi team, according to coach Julie Landwehr.

At the NOSB events, teams compete quiz bowl-style to answer questions about ocean science. The questions address the marine and coastal environment in the areas of biology, chemistry, geology, physical oceanography, social sciences, marine policy, geography and technology.

Earlier in the year, the Kayhi team members won fifth-place for their research paper titled “Increasing the Efficiency of Monitoring Coliform Bacteria Levels in the Marine Environment around Ketchikan, Alaska.” That research addressed the question posed by NOSB, “What type of ocean-observing platform would you design to address an important marine issue that affects your community?”

The team also will present their research at a “Friday Night Insights” event at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center at 6 p.m., March 8.

The team plans to compete at the NOSB national event April 11 to 14, in Washington, D.C. The theme of that event, according to information at nosb.org, will be “Observe the Oceans, Secure the Future.”