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Feb. 28: 2 FHHS teams competing in The Junior Olympics of Ocean Science at UW

Seattle – Emerging young oceanographers and marine biologists from high schools around the state will gather on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at the University of Washington’s Fishery Sciences Building to vie for a slot in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

Each year the UW campus is the site where hundreds of high school students, scientists, volunteers, and science teachers gather for the popular Orca Bowl marine science tournament, hosted by UW’s College of the Environment and organized by Washington Sea Grant.

The event is high-energy, fun, and fierce competition, but behind all the fun lies a very serious educational purpose: nurturing a new generation of marine scientists. This is vitally important as the United States and the Puget Sound maritime region contend with marine issues such as ocean acidification, climate change, fishing pressures, and other threats to the seas that sustain us.

At the 18th annual Orca Bowl, visitors will have a chance to mingle with high school students passionate about the ocean. The event is free to the public and this year’s teams represent students from all around the state:

Bainbridge High School A and B teams, Bainbridge Island

Ellensburg High School A and B teams, Ellensburg

Everett NJROTC, Seagull Company, Everett

Friday Harbor High School A and B teams, San Juan Island

Garfield High School, Seattle

Newport High School, A and B teams, Bellevue

Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA), Everett

Shelton High School, Shelton

Soap Lake High School A and B, Soap Lake

Tacoma Science and Math Institute (SAMI) A and B teams, Tacoma

Washougal High School, Washougal

White Swan High School, Yakima

Winlock High School, Winlock

In May, the winning state Orca Bowl squad will face off against champion teams from 24 other states in the grueling daylong national bowl. Afterwards, Washington state winners and competitors will be honored at a banquet in Seattle.

The Washington State Orca Bowl takes place from 8:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28, 2015, at University of Washington Fishery Sciences Building, 1122 N.E. Boat St., Seattle Admission is free.

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