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GRANTEE:National Ocean Sciences Bowl® Students Brief Leaders in Washington, DC

Published October 2015

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Team members from Boise High School (ID) give their recommendations for the ICOOS Act reauthorization. (Photo credit: Consortium for Ocean Leadership)

In June 2015, the National Champions of the 18th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl® (NOSB), Boise High School from Boise, Idaho, were invited to participate in Capitol Hill Oceans Week (CHOW), organized by the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation. During the first-ever youth panel at CHOW, “The Wave of the Future: What Do the Youth of America Think?”  Boise team captain, Nate Marshall, discussed how being part of NOSB has raised their awareness of ocean issues and careers, as well as the impact residents of interior states have on the ocean.

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Nate Marshall on the youth panel at CHOW 2015. . (Photo credit: Consortium for Ocean Leadership)

The piece of legislation that students reviewed for the 2015 Science Expert Briefing— the mock congressional testimony that is a component of NOSB Final Competition — was the reauthorization of the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act of 2009.

The top placing team in the 2015 Science Expert Briefing was Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria, Virginia) while Boise High School placed second. At the request of Zdenka Willis, Director of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System at NOAA, both teams presented and discussed their recommendations with her and other federal agency representatives on June 10 in Washington DC.

Since 1998, NOAA has supported the National Ocean Sciences Bowl® with grants and volunteer time. The program introduces talented U.S. high school students to ocean-related science, technology, engineering, and math fields and career pathways. This program affords learning opportunities to the students as well as their teachers, schools, and local communities that result in increased knowledge of ocean sciences and interest in stewardship of ocean resources.

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