Students at Santa Monica High School on Saturday won the Los Angeles Surf Bowl, a regional ocean science academic competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

The Vikings competed at USC against 16 high schools with teams of four to five members. The bowl consisted of buzzer-style, multiple-choice questions and open-ended, team-challenge questions.

For winning the regional competition, Samohi now moves on to face 24 other regional champions in the 15th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl, which will be April 19-22 at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel in Baltimore.

“Congratulations to all the students participating in the 2012 … regional competitions as they contribute so much to this important program in the field of ocean science,” said Robert B. Gagosian, president & CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. “These scholars are the future stewards of our ocean, and I know this experience encourages them to continue to learn how the ocean works and how to wisely use our ocean resources for generations to come.” 

The winning team from Santa Monica High School is coached by Ingo Gaida. The team members are Christopher Karba, David Shabsovich, Dana Ritchie, Zane Dufour and Marissa Kudo. 

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