Hurricane Bowl inspires high school students to become scientists

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - On Saturday, dozens of teenagers put their brains to the test. High school students from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana were in Ocean Springs for the 2010 Hurricane Bowl.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab put on the ocean sciences competition. After competing, the students got an up close look at some the wild life they've been learning about.

Organizers say they hope young people will develop a life  long interest in science.

"It's really trying to get the students involved in ocean sciences and get them career oriented. That's what we really want to do is make our future scientists," said Regional Coordinator Sam Clardy. "But also, even the students that go on to a different field of study, they're always going to take what they learn with them. So I think fostering stewardship is always going to be an overarching goal."

Jeremy Ladnier is a sophomore at East Central High in Hurley. He said he was impressed by what the variety of creatures he saw.

"They show you, literally, the amount of species," he said. "They have them preserved. They have them in tanks, and it's just eye opening to see. "

Congratulations go out to Poplarville High which beat out 18 teams Saturday to take first place. The students will go on to compete at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl in St. Petersburg Florida in April.

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