Oregon teens to compete in annual Salmon Bowl competition


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fourteen teams from Northwest high schools will test their knowledge of marine sciences this Saturday, Feb. 26, during the annual Salmon Bowl competition at Oregon State University.

In this event, high school teens compete to see who knows the most about ocean-dwelling organisms, undersea earthquakes and volcanoes, tsunamis, marine biology, hypoxia and other oceanography-related topics.

The four- and five-student teams will compete for a chance to represent the region at the 14th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl this spring in Texas. The national competition is a program developed by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership to raise student interest in ocean sciences as a potential field of study and a career choice.

About 100 volunteers, including faculty, staff and students in the OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, will help host the event.

“The Salmon Bowl is a fun way to encourage student interest in the marine sciences, and to get students to think about what may happen in the future,” said Jenna Halsey, a COAS graduate student who helps coordinate the event.

The public is invited to watch the round-robin, single-elimination event, which will be held on the OSU campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Burt Hall, Wilkinson Hall and Gilfillan Auditorium. All three facilities are located roughly at 26th Street and Monroe in Corvallis. Admission is free.

Neah-Kah-Nie High School, which has won the Salmon Bowl a record nine times, will return to defend its title. The school’s “A” team went on to finish sixth at nationals last year.

Competing teams include:

  • Astoria High School (three teams)
  • Benson Polytechnic, Portland (three teams)
  • Crater Renaissance Academy
  • Crater Academy of Natural Sciences
  • McMinnville High School (two teams)
  • Neah-Kah-Nie High School, Rockaway Beach (two teams)
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium (a team from Newport-area high schools)
  • Salmon Creek