A team from Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) for area high school teens finished third in the annual Orca Bowl, held Feb. 24 at the University of Washington College of the Environment and organized by Washington Sea Grant. Teens from the top three teams receive scholarship opportunities from the University of Washington.
Preparing for Orca Bowl meant regularly meeting after school, often for several hours, to be in top-competition shape, said Bev Mowrer, coach for the Marysville Getchell High School team, which also competed.
“When you’re studying for Orca Bowl, you’re studying chemistry, erosion, air quality — you’re basically studying every aspect of the important problems that face our planet,” Mowrer said.
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Correction: An earlier version misspelled the Marysville Getchell High School team coach’s name.