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Archimedean Upper Conservatory Wins 2013 Manatee Bowl

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2013 Manatee Bowl Winners: L-R: Dr. Kalai Panneerselvam (coach), Shiva Kangeyan, Aditya Shetty, Ronen Wdowinski and Amy Lee.

Virginia Key, Fla. – March 7, 2013 – More than 100 high school students with a strong interest in marine science and their teachers representing the east coast of Florida converged on Virginia Key this weekend for the 16th Annual Manatee Bowl. The competition took place at Miami Dade Public Schools's MAST Academy, and is a qualifier for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®).  After 12 rounds of competition, Archimedean Upper Conservatory (Miami) took first place, following a hard-fought battle with contestants from the Marine & Oceanography Academy at Westwood High School (Fort Pierce, Fla.) MAST Academy took third place.

Archimedean Upper Conservatory is a coeducational, partial Greek immersion charter school spanning grades 9 – 12 where students follow an academically rigorous, balanced college preparatory program. Located in Kendall, this charter school has only been involved in NOSB® since 2011.  Coached by Dr. Kalai Panneerselvam, the team was comprised of students Shiva Kangeyan, Amy Lee, Aditya Shetty and Ronen Wdowinski.

This year marked the entry of six new schools into the competition, Christopher Columbus High School, Cypress Bay High School, St. Brendan High School, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High, Deerfield Beach High School and Gulliver Prep.

The regional competition alternates annually between the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce.  Local sponsors for the event were: Florida Sea Grant College Program, Florida Marine Science Educators Association, Divers Direct, Save the Manatee Club, and The Billfish Foundation.

The team from Archimedean will now compete against 24 other regional champions in the 16th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®) Bowl at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on April 18-21, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisc. 

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, DC.  NOSB seeks to interest students in pursuing a college degree and future career in the ocean sciences.  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 consider and appreciate the ocean. Approximately 2,000 students from over 300 high schools will participate in 2013.
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