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NOSB team finishes sixth in the nation

NOSB team finishes sixth in the nationCompeting against 24 teams from across the country, the Greenhills National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) team placed sixth at the national competition held in Milwaukee April 18-21.

“In terms of knowledge and hard work, this was an absolute dream team,” said NOSB coach Deano Smith. “They qualified for the final round and just missed advancing to the Final Four by a single question. They’re the sixth best NOSB team in the country and I couldn’t be more proud.”

NOSB members who competed in Milwaukee include (pictured at right) Tanwei Chen ’15, Frank Fazekas ’15, Henry Aspegren ’13, Ally Hogikyan ’13, and David Barbehenn ’13. Additional members who helped prepare the team are: Ben Giampetroni ’14, Malaika Holland ’16Brendan Kelley ’14, Kyle Nowak ’14, Tony Opipari ’14(whose sister AnneMarie co-founded the team in 2007), Alex Reeves ’15, Justine Robinson ’13, Shea Sanvordenker ’16, Clayton Schulenberg ’14, andEmily Wu ’13.

The team advanced to the national competition after placing first at the regional competition (which included teams from the entire state of Michigan, as well as parts of Ohio and Indiana) held February 9 at U-M.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed high school academic competition that provides a forum for talented students to test their knowledge of the marine sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, and geology. The NOSB was created in 1998 in honor of the International Year of the Ocean and since its inception the competition has grown to include 25 regional competitions with 300 schools and over 2,000 students participating annually. The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, representing leading oceanographic institutions universities and aquaria, manages the competition at a national level. Locally it is supported by a number of businesses and institutions including the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Great Lakes Enviornmental Research Laboratory, CILER, the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, Michigan Sea Grant, and the USGS Great Lakes Science Center.

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Greenhills is closed for mid-winter break and will return on Tuesday, Feb. 22.