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Marine Science Students Place in Scallop Bowl

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The Marine Science Club from Massapequa High School finished in the top half of schools at the regional round for New York State Bay Scallop Bowl. The 19th annual event was held at Stony Brook University on Feb. 2, with Massapequa earning a sixth-place finish.

The team consisted of seniors Ryan C. and Vincent M., and juniors Ashley B. and Mike L. Mike, the only returning member from last year’s team, served as captain, They were advised by science teacher Gregory Kwas.

The Scallop Bowl tested knowledge of oceanography. The purpose of the competition is to raise awareness about the oceans and coastal resources. Early rounds included a series of toss-up questions in a Jeopardy-style format. As the competition progressed, so did the difficulty, as teams had to analyze maps, diagrams and other documents to provide written responses.

All four students from Massapequa are enrolled in the Introduction to Oceanography course, a science elective offered in partnership with Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. They have been preparing for the competition since the beginning of the school year.

“I really enjoyed the oceanography experience because I love the subject,” Ryan said. “It was great to apply my knowledge in competition.”