The 2019 Bay Scallop Bowl has come and gone and a new winner has emerged from the dust – Hunter College High School! Round 9 had Midwood High School pitted against the Mighty Mustangs of Mount Sinai High School. Mount Sinai emerged the winner of that round with a score of 61 to 24, letting Midwood take third place. Round 10 began with Hunter College having no losses and Mount Sinai having one loss meaning Mount Sinai needed to win the match in order to stay in the game. Hunter College was strong all day and this continued through round 10. They won the match 46 to 24 and will be traveling to Washington, DC in April to compete at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl Finals.
This year’s competition once again featured 12 teams from New York State:
Hunter College High School
Mount Sinai High School
Midwood High School
Huntington High School A & B
Half Hollow Hills High School A & B
Massapequa High School
Churchville/Chili Senior High School
Woodlands High School
Holley High School
Locust Valley High School
Many thanks to all the teams, coaches and volunteers that make this regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl happen–this event would be impossible to pull off without you! And a special thank you to Kara Hahn, Valerie M. Cartright, Assemblyman Steve Englebright, and Congressman Lee Zeldin for speaking to the crowd at the opening ceremonies! Thank you to the sponsors of the Bay Scallop Bowl, including Ocean Leadership, New York Sea Grant, the Alfred & Jane Ross Foundation, the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science for the balloons, and Larry Swanson for funding our Sundaes on Saturday. And a special thank you to Ping Liu for reviewing the questions and Mark Lang for making an appearance as “Mark The Shark” along with Wolfie!
This was SoMAS Dean Paul Shepson‘s first Bay Scallop Bowl, and he arrived ready to deliver his opening remarks with a bounty of marine-related puns. Legendary orator Bill Wise returned once again to explain the rules of the game and help serve judgement and sage advice in bowl central.
The true stars were Kim Knoll and her right hand Kaitlin Willig. This event would not have come together without their planning, leadership and execution!
Photos from the event are available on Google Photos and were taken by Joe Dlhopolsky, Tom Wilson, Sharon Pochron, Maria Grima and Mark Lang. Share your photos on Instagram or Facebook and tag @somas.sbu or use #BayScallopBowl!