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Long Beach High School Teams Take Top Honors in Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Contact Martha Duvall - 228.327.8775   

– Two teams of Long Beach High School students took top honors in the regional ocean sciences bowl at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Feb. 9, placing first and fifth respectively.

Long Beach Team A placed first and included Brandon Atwell, Kasey Schultz, Jason Kneeland, Krystal Kuhagen and Anil Acharya.

Team B placed fifth and included Samantha Owen, Chris Petty, Casey Small and Daniel Sween. Both teams were coached by Hale Switzer.

Switzer’s Team A will compete against winners from 24 other regional sites at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl in Seward, Alaska, April 25-27, 2008.

The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center, located at GCRL since Hurricane Katrina, hosted 16 teams of high school students from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. The central Gulf competition — the Hurricane Bowl - is a rapid-fire question-and-answer competition focusing on ocean sciences.

The regional competition is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®), a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

Other winners were Navarre High School, Fla., second place; Niceville High School, Fla., third place; and Okaloosa-Walton College Collegiate High School, Fla, fourth place. Winner of the Sportsmanship Award was Navarre High School, Fla.

The regional and national events include question-and-answer “buzzer” rounds, team-challenge questions, educational field trips and social activities that encourage interaction among student peers and marine scientists. For more information on the competition or to view sample quiz questions, visit

Long Beach High Team A, (left to right) Jason Kneeland, assistant coach Thomas Mallini, team captain Brandon Atwell, Kasey Shultz, head coach Hale Switzer, Anil Achyara and Krystal Kuhagen took first place at the annual ocean sciences bowl held this year at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs. The team will head to Alaska in April to compete against 24 other regional winners in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. (submitted photo) 

Long Beach High, Team B, (left to right) assistant coach Ruthie Franke, team captain Samantha Owen, Casey Small, Chris Petty, Danny Sween and head coach Hale Switzer placed fifth in the annual Hurricane Bowl held at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs. (submitted photo)

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