In a close victory, the Albany High Science Bowl team placed first this past weekend at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Sea Lion Bowl Regional Competition. The competition, held on the campus of San Francisco State University, included 16 teams from high schools both near and far – one team traveled from Nevada.
After seven rounds of round robin style competition, the Albany team advanced into the single elimination portion of the tournament. After two more consecutive victories, the Albany team found itself in the final match of the day, against Lowell High School of San Francisco.
The first half of the match favored Lowell, with the Albany team down by 17 points. In a stunning comeback, the Albany team made good use of the second six-minute half to finish with a 15 point lead over Lowell.
The team, led by senior Juneyoung Jeong, will travel to Baltimore, Maryland, in April to represent the Sea Lion Bowl at the national competition. Traveling with him will be juniors Morgan Chen, Kevin Sun, Tony Wang, and Amy Xie.
Said Jeong of his teammates, “These guys are the best. I couldn’t be happier with our team dynamics.”
Coach Peggy Carlock echoed Jeong’s sentiments regarding the team, saying, “We have students who really like each other and can get along really well.”
Juneyoung Jeong then began singing, “We’ve Come So Far, but we’ve got a long way to go. We must be swift as a coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon (with a Beaufort Scale of 14).”
Further quotes were not possible because of Jeong’s delirious nature.