ConVal High School wins regional ocean sciences quiz bowl, York High School team advances to national competition

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A team of students from Contoocook Valley (ConVal) Regional High School in N.H., has won the 2017 Nor’easter Bowl — a regional ocean science competition that is part of the annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). The second-place team from York, Maine, will compete on their behalf at the annual NOSB Competition in Oregon this spring due to a ConVal scheduling conflict.

The Nor’easter Bowl regional competition, held on Feb. 4th at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., attracted students and teachers from 12 high schools in Maine and New Hampshire with a strong interest in — and knowledge of — marine science. Twenty-one teams consisting of four or five students competed in this year’s Nor’easter Bowl. The teams were tested through quick answer buzzer questions and thought-provoking team challenge questions. 

Five high school students stand smiling with winning plaque.

Above: The ConVal High School team has won the 2017 Nor'easter Bowl, a regional ocean sciences quiz bowl. Photo credit: Michael Sterling

The winning Nor’easter Bowl team from ConVal High School was coached by Ken Cloutier and consisted of: Sawyer Cawthern, Savannah Kersbergen, Marlena Sorbello, Tim Whitaker and Michael Zrzavy. The second-place team from York, Maine, was coached by Mike Masi and consisted of: Jackson Grimes, Madison Lavigne, Chris Neilson, Josh Reynolds and Jonathan Rodrigues. The York team will compete against 21 other regional champions at the NOSB, which will take place at Oregon State University on April 20-23, 2017, in Corvallis, Oregon. 

Students seated at table with quiz buzzers in front of them.

Above: The York, Maine, high school team placed second at the 2017 Nor'easter Bowl and will advance to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition in Oregon this spring on behalf of ConVal. Photo credit: Michael Sterling.

The Nor’easter Bowl is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C.  Through this educational forum, the NOSB strives to encourage and support the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates and informed citizens to be stewards of the ocean. Many past NOSB participants have moved on to pursue college degrees and careers in ocean science. For more information, please visit

Rebecca Zeiber, N.H. Sea Grant Science Writer