Samohi students win science contest

first_imgRhys Gaida, Nanki Chugh, Amy Amatya, Ryu Akiba (kneeling), and Josh Sheng. Tags :daily pressdaily press newseducationNewsocean leadershipSanta Monicasanta monica educationsanta monica newsSanta Monica Santa Monica High Schoolsurfrider foundationshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentNative Street Dancer hosts Pier Dance ConcertRunway reduction options unveiled to the publicYou Might Also LikeBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author2 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionWhat’s the Point?whats the pointGAY PRIDE MONTH IS HERE FOR ALL OF USDavid Pisarra2 days ago A group of Santa Monica Santa Monica High School students won the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) at Oregon State University this past weekend.The local students were among the top 25 teams nationwide and each had to first win their regional competition. According to event organizers, 392 teams made up of 1,960 students representing 33 states participated this year.Students on Santa Monica’s first national championship team include Amy Amatya, Nanki Chung, Rhys Gaida, Ryu Akiba, and Josh Sheng. They are coached by Ingo Gaida, father of one of the students and a science teacher at Samohi.“Students were tested on their knowledge of ocean-related topics, which include cross-disciplines of biology, chemistry, policy, physics, and geology by answering buzzer-style, multiple choice questions, and longer, critical thinking-based team challenge questions,” said Ingo Gaida. “They also participated in the Science Expert Briefing, a mock congressional hearing where they presented science recommendations on a piece of legislation, enhancing their critical thinking skills and building a better understanding of the broader context of science.”Rhys Gaida said the buzzer rounds were challenging but also rewarding.“The most challenging aspect at the competition is being confident enough to buzz in with speed, and knowing when to buzz immediately and when to be more cautious,” he said. “The most rewarding element of the competition was seeing all of my studying and practice pay off when I got a question right. I practiced and studied so much that I knew the answer to almost every marine geology questions that came up.”The Washington, D.C. based Consortium for Ocean Leadership has organized the event for the past 20 years as part of their mission to inspire students to pursue careers in ocean science.Team Captain Ryu Akiba said while ocean sciences are not his primary career goal, understanding the ocean has value beyond a job.“I feel that promoting knowledge of the ocean is very important,” he said. “The ocean affects our everyday lives through climate, food, culture, it’s beauty. This is especially true in the coastal city of Santa Monica. Looking further outwards, the ocean affects policy, economy, and lives all over the world. By feeling the ocean’s connections to us and understanding that it needs to be protected, we can make more informed, conscious decisions in our daily lives and in our community.”Rhys said he has had a lifelong interest in oceans and the competition is factoring into his plans. “Participating in National Ocean Sciences Bowl has made me realize the importance of our ocean, and I am now seriously considering majoring in Environmental Science or Marine Studies at UC Santa Cruz, the university I will be attending this fall,” he said.According to event organizers, the first and second place teams received all-expenses paid trips to Georgia/South Carolina and New Jersey, respectively, to join local experts in conducting scientific research.Other top teams won snorkel masks and gift cards.In addition to the contest, the event provided an opportunity for hands-on science such as a beach cleanup with Surfrider Foundation, a tour of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Operations Center – Pacific, a trip aboard the OSU Research Vessel Pacific Storm, a clamming adventure with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and a tour of OSU’s OH Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory.“This was an amazing way to celebrate our 20th anniversary,” said RADM Jon White, President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in a press release. “I’m extremely impressed by the knowledge, sportsmanship, and enthusiasm for ocean science displayed by all of the teams. I look forward to the next 20 years – both watching how the NOSB will grow and develop, as well as seeing the innovative accomplishments of today’s students, who are tomorrow’s leaders.”Kristen Yarincik, NOSB Program Director, said she was inspired and hopeful for the future after the event.“The students put in countless hours, on top of their regular school requirements, and we got to see that all come to fruition this weekend. But they aren’t the only ones putting in long hours,” she said. “We have hundreds of volunteers—including our hosts at OSU—who, combined, have dedicated thousands of hours as judges, moderators, question writers, timers, and scorers to make this event possible.”[email protected] photo caption HomeNewsEducationSamohi students win science contest Apr. 26, 2017 at 7:20 amEducationSamohi students win science contestMatthew Hall4 years agodaily pressdaily press newseducationNewsocean leadershipSanta Monicasanta monica educationsanta monica newsSanta Monica Santa Monica High Schoolsurfrider foundationRhys Gaida, Nanki Chugh, Amy Amatya, Ryu Akiba (kneeling), and Josh Sheng.  last_img read more

The Who Forced To Postpone North American Tour

first_imgAfter delivering a crushing set at this year’s Jazz Fest, The Who have announced that they have to postpone the next three dates of their The Who Hits 50! tour. Roger Daltrey is reportedly battling swollen vocal cords and was advised to remain on vocal rest for the week.The scheduled performances that will be affected are Kansas City, St. Louis and Louisville. Rescheduled show dates will be announced shortly and we’ll be sure to keep you posted. Tickets for the postponed shows will be honored on the new dates.The Who is still scheduled to hit Queens’ Forest Hills Stadium on May 30th. Check out a clip from their Jazz Fest Weekend One Saturday closing set.last_img read more