Montgomery Blair High School's Online Student Newspaper
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 8:58 pm

Clubs: Ocean Science Bowl

Time: Announced regularly by team ca
Place: Room 345
Sponsor: Patricia Miller
President: Christopher Silberholz, Nate Dirda
What fish is a commercial product but never eaten? What is the average pH value of seawater?

Any member of the Ocean Science Bowl team could tell you that the answers are menhaden fish and 7.5 to 8.4. The group practices such questions to prepare for the Chesapeake Bay Bowl competition. During meetings, team members work on honing their knowledge of the ocean and buzzing in answers quickly.

The Chesapeake Bay Bowl and the National Ocean Science Bowl, the two competitions the club participates in, cover a large range of topics about sea life. "It's basically anything about the ocean, all sorts of trivia," says team captain Nate Dirda, a junior.

According to team sponsor Patricia Miller, subjects also include ocean chemistry, marine biology and plate tectonics.

Each year, Blair sends two Ocean Science Bowl teams to the Chesapeake Bay Bowl, the regional competition for the Washington, D.C. area. The teams, this year headed by senior Christopher Silberholz and Dirda, each consist of four members and one alternate, who all specialize in a different topic or area. The team members do most of their studying on their own but occasionally meet to practice, according to Dirda.

Although the teams did poorly last year, according to Miller, they hope to step up their performance this year. Dirda feels that the team this year is "pretty good," and they aim to beat rival school Thomas Jefferson High in Fairfax, Virginia at the Chesapeake Bay Bowl on Feb. 23.

The team that wins the regional competition proceeds to the National Ocean Science Bowl, held this year in Seward, Alaska during the weekend of April 25-27. "We want to win the Chesapeake Bowl, to go to Alaska," says Dirda.

Students interested in joining the Ocean Science Bowl should contact Patricia Miller at

Club beat by Monica Wei