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Why I never Miss the National Ocean Sciences Bowl... or, How the Pink Team Made my February"
Allegra Hosford Scheirer
U.S. Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Rd., MS 989,
Menlo Park, CA 94025
firstname.lastname@example.org The "pink team" walked into the non-descript classroom, shuffling their flip-flopped feet in the early-morning hour. With hooded eyes the four girls tested their buzzers, announcing their names at the same time they pushed the red button. No stranger to fashion myself, I wondered if the stylish foursome had really come to play, or if they merely warmed their chairs in anticipation of some more interesting - or socially acceptable - pursuit...a trip to the aquarium perhaps? And then, I was surprised. The pink team, named for the four girls in matching pink shirts, knew their oceanography and won that early-round match, low-rider jeans, flip-flops, pink shirts and all. I guess I knew then that future leaders of my field, oceanography, could be sitting before me. It was the quiet self-possession of the members of the pink team that assured me that participating in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB(R)) had made them life-long learners, and lovers, of the oceans. That's what keeps me coming back. Whereas I didn't know that I loved the oceans until my senior year of college, NOSB(R) enables students to find that out years earlier - and then it fosters that knowledge with internship and scholarship programs. No matter where my science career takes me around the country, if it's February, you'll find me at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. My husband will be there too. He's hooked.