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The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University hosted the 2018 Bay Scallop Bowl on February 3rd, 2018 at the Student Activities Center.  This year, twelve teams competed for a chance to move on to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl to be held in Boulder, Colorado:

  • Huntington High School
  • Churchville-Chili Senior High School
  • Massapequa High School
  • Locust Valley High School
  • Midwood B High School
  • Half Hollow Hills HS East
  • Woodlands High School
  • Midwood A High School
  • Mount Sinai High School
  • Ward Melville High School
  • Ossining High School
  • Hunter College High School

Mount Sinai High School came into round 10 having lost one match and went up against undefeated Huntington High School.  Mount Sinai won the round (47 to 33), giving them each one loss. In Round 11, the score after the 2 TCQ’s was Mount Sinai 37, Huntington 10.  Huntington was unable to recover and the final score was Mount Sinai 55, Huntington 2.  This was the furthest Huntington High School has gotten in the competition–congratulations on an awesome job!

Above: The 2018 Bay Scallop Bowl Winners – Mount Sinai High School.  Back row – left to right – Coach, Glynis Nau-Ritter, Arielle Mule, Clare Dana, Assistant Coach Andrew Matthews, Joshua Goodman, SoMAS Interim Dean Larry Swanson, Coordinators Kim Knoll and Ping Liu. Front row – left to right – Julia McElheron, Johnathan Yu

The First place Mount Sinai will proceed to Boulder, Colorado where they will represent NY.  Each student will receive $250.  The Second place team was Huntington High School who will each receive $100; and the third place team was Massapequa High School who will receive a trip to The Riverhead Aquarium including beyond the scene passes.

In addition to the 12 teams, the event was honored to have Provost Michael Bernstein open the day along with Congressman Lee Zeldin, Assemblymen Steve Englebright, Legislator Kara Hahn, and Councilwoman Valerie Cartright.  Bill Wise introduced all of the teams and coaches and reviewed the game rules.

Many thanks to our Regional Coordinators Ping Liu and Malcolm Bowman and a huge THANK YOU to Kim Knoll and Kaitlin Willig, who did the heavy lifting to make sure the day was a huge success.

This will be Bill Wise’s last Bay Scallop Bowl as he will be retiring from the University in June. Bill was instrumental is getting SoMAS involved 17 years ago and made the Bay Scallop Bowl one of the best such events in the country. Bill’s Bowl expertise will certainly be missed.

This event would not happen without the assistance of all the outstanding volunteers. Thank you to all the faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends that help us make this event a great tradition at Stony Brook University.

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Interim Dean Larry Swanson noted that he is “always impressed at how much the participants know and how enthusiastic they are.”

This was the first year volunteering for SBU freshman Sarah Whelan, who had previously participated in the competition with her high school over the last three years. The two winning coaches, Glynis Nau-Ritter (MS, 1980) and Andrew Matthews (MS, 1995) are Stony Brook University alumni from SoMAS/MSRC. The Bay Scallop Bowl has a strong connection at Stony Brook University with both the participants and competitors.

The opening ceremonies are available on Facebook.

Photos of the event were taken by Joseph Dlhopolsky are available on Google Photos

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