February 9, 2016
By Mike O’Connor
The Waterford High Ocean Science Bowl team - the Narwals(closest thing to a Lancer in the ocean)- placed fifth in the nineteenth annual regional Ocean Sciences Bowl (The Quahog Bowl) on Saturday, February 7, 2016. The competition featured 16 teams from southern New England. The competition is a quiz show style competition with 4 students facing off on toss-up buzzer questions, short team bonus questions and 2-5 minute team challenge questions. The team defeated Glastonbury and New London Science and Technology to meet E.O. Smith in the quarter finals. Waterford led by as much as 20 points at one time only to have E.O. Smith come back and beat them on the last question and win the match by 2 points. E.O. Smith continued on to defeat Coginchaug in the semi-finals and Ledyard in the finals. E.O. Smith defeated both teams by margins of more than 20 points. E.O. Smith was led by former Waterford student Robert Kao.
Waterford has participated 17 times in the Ocean Bowl. Over the years, the team has placed second 9 times, third 4 times and no worse than 8th place. This year’s team consisted of seniors Sasha Amodeo, Branwyn McDowell, Nicole Lasella, Juniors Taylor Houggy, Lia Scala and sophomore Athena King. The team was joined by their mascot Isaac the Giant Isopod.
Photos below from WHS Marine Science Teacher, Mike O’Connor: