Rockdale Magnet School team wins Southern Stingray Bowl in Savannah

The team from Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology won the Southern Stingray Bowl hosted at Savannah State University on Saturday, Feb. 2. In April, Hector Aguirre, Sydney Moodie, Shivam Vohra, Daniel Luu, Jose Macias and coach Diana Kennen will compete against 23 other regional champions at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl in Washington D.C. (Special Photo)

CONYERS — Five students from the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology competed at the Southern Stingray Bowl in Savannah on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The Southern Stingray Bowl, a regional ocean science academic competition that is a component of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, is part of a nationwide competition that tests students’ knowledge of ocean science disciplines through buzzer-style, multiple-choice questions and open-ended team challenge questions.

Returning for the first time since 2015, the Rockdale Magnet School team will join winners from 23 other regional bowls April 11-14 in Washington, D.C., for the NOSB Finals.

Students on the championship team include Hector Aguirre, Sydney Moodie, Shivam Vohra, Daniel Luu, and Jose Macias, who were coached by Diana Kennen.

The NOSB, a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, is building our next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates and informed citizens by educating them in timely and relevant ocean science topics that are already a part of our future.

This year’s competition theme, Observe the Ocean, Secure the Future, introduced students to cross-disciplinary science of ocean observing and how it impacts every aspect of modern life. From gathering measurements from buoy networks to synthesizing that information into policy decisions, understanding ocean data is key to protecting ecosystem health, biodiversity, climate change, pollution, human health, maritime safety, and food, water and energy security.

“We want all NOSB students, regardless of whether or not they pursue a career in ocean science, to experience a wide breadth of ocean science disciplines, so we’re very excited about this year’s theme,” said Kristen Yarincik, director of the NOSB at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.

“Ocean observing is fundamental to ocean science and underlies many policy and business decisions, but there are still challenges in gathering and interpreting such large data sets and then applying those data to societal challenges. Congratulations to every student who competed this year, and we look forward to seeing all of our regional winners in D.C.”

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