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Astoria High School's marine biology team placed second at the Salmon Bowl, a regional ocean sciences competition. The team includes, from left. Jenna Travers, Moira Welsh, Matthew Grauff, Michael Postlewait, Kevin Kumar and Lee Cain, coach and marine biology instructor.

CORVALLIS — The Salmon Bowl, a regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl between teams from schools in mostly from Oregon and Idaho, was held Feb. 3 at Oregon State University. Two teams from Astoria High School were among those competing in a buzzer-based match with multiple choice and short answer questions about the oceans. There are also Team Challenge Questions, where teams problem-solve questions.

The topics are varied, and 10 to 20 percent of the questions are built around the annual theme, which was “Ocean Effect on Weather” this year. There are scholarship opportunities just for participating, and this year’s winners received $1,000 scholarships to Oregon State University. State winners compete at National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) in Seattle.

The A Team went to the finals against the team from the Oregon Coast Aquarium and took home a second-place trophy. Members of the A Team are: Jenna Travers, Matt Grauff, Michael Postlewait, Moira Welsh and Kevin Kumar. The Astoria High School B Team won a match despite being rookies. B Team members are: Riley Cameron, Lily Randall, Jacob Matlock and Donovan Burns.

To prepare for the competition, Coaches Nick Baisley and Lee Cain led the teams in weekly study sessions all year in after-school and tutorial meetings. The teams also went on educational and field trips, such as touring National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research ships, visiting the OSU seafood/surimi lab, learning about beached mammals and strandings, going on aquarium visits and tide-pooling.

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