Maui High School wins Hawaii Ocean Science Bowl for fourth straight year

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tara Hicks Johnson, (808) 956-3151
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
Posted: Mar 1, 2006

HONOLULU - This past Saturday, February 25th, high school students from all over the state and Guam competed in the fourth annual Hawaii Regional competition for the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB), the "Aloha Bowl." Five high school students from Maui High School won the competition, and will represent Hawaii in the National Ocean Science Bowl in Pacific Grove, CA, May 13-15, 2006. Members of the winning team include Caine Jette, Aaron King, Nathaniel Salazar, Alex Collias, Vanessa Viloria and Coach Edwin Ginoza. Kalani High School took second place, with the Guam Team coming in third.

This educational program was developed to stimulate interest in the ocean sciences among high school students and demonstrate to the public the importance of the oceans in our daily lives. One of the long-term goals of the program is to foster the next generation of marine scientists, educators and policy makers for the ocean sciences.

During the competition, students were asked three types of questions: toss-up, bonus and team-challenge. Toss-up and bonus questions are in a multiple-choice or short-answer format. The team-challenge question is written out and handed to both teams at the half time of each round. These questions require higher cognitive skills, often use visual aids such as charts, maps, and graphs and the students work together to earn as many points as possible, which may make the difference between winning or losing the round of competition. Question difficulty increases as the competition progresses.

For more information contact, Tara Hicks Jouhnson, SOEST Outreach Specialist, at 956-3151, 429-7007 (cell) or

Information and pictures can be found at

Reach the coach for the Maui High School team, Ed Ginoza, at

About the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) was established by the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii in 1988. SOEST brings together in a single focused ocean, earth sciences and technology group, some of the nation‘s highest quality academic departments, research institutes, federal cooperative programs, and support facilities to meet challenges in the ocean and earth sciences. Scientists at SOEST are supported by both state and federal funds as they endeavor to understand the subtle and complex interrelations of the seas, the atmosphere, and the earth.

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