March 18, 2002
WHS science team shines at Orca Bowl
by Deborah Stone
Prior to theWoodinville High School science team's victory at the BPA Regional Science Bowl in Portland (See page 1), a four-member team from WHS participated in the 2002 Washington State Ocean Sciences Bowl, better known as the Orca Bowl, and came in second place for its outstanding efforts.
Of 14 schools represented, WHS was the only school taking part that does not offer an ocean or marine science course in its curriculum.
Despite this handicap, the team, coached by WHS science instructor Larry Gulberg, and consisting of seniors Nels Berg and Brian Richie and juniors Bryan Cattle and Nina Yazvenko, swept through a series of round robin matches undefeated.
They advanced to the final competition and faced Sedro Wooley, a school with a full year course in ocean science. In a close match Sedro Wooley defeated WHS for the top prize of a trip to Providence, R.I., to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl to be held in late April.
As second place winners, WHS won a half-day cruise for 12 of its students on an oceanographic research vessel on Puget Sound.
"I'm very proud of these kids," comments Gulberg. "They did great, especially since most of the knowledge they got on their own from reading books I had given them. They never had any formal coursework in the field."
The competitions for the WHS science team will continue with the regional Science Olympiad in Vancouver, Wash., followed by the Techno Bowl, where WHS will defend its first and second place titles from last year. "It's a busy time of year for our Science Club, but it's exciting for everyone involved," says Gulberg.