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CBGS at RCC: 3rd in Marine Science contest

The Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School-Glenns Campus team, coached by science teacher Sara Chaves Beam (second from right), earned third place in the 12th Annual Blue Crab Bowl. Congressman Rob Wittman (far left) and Dr. Troy Hartley (far right), presented the team with their awards. Team members include, from left, Greg Dorsey, Michael Sanderson, Seth Theuerkauf, and Cody Voight.

The team from the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School (CBGS)-Glenns Campus took one of four top slots in the 2009 Blue Crab Bowl on Feb. 21. This Virginia regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) was held at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) campus in Gloucester Point. 

The Glenns Campus team, coached by science teacher Sara Chaves Beam, took third place in the highly competitive academic contest. Team members included: Greg Dorsey, senior, Middlesex High School; Seth Theuerkauf, senior, Gloucester High School; Michael Sanderson, junior, Mathews High School; and Cody Voight, senior, King and Queen Central High School.

At this year’s awards ceremony, Congressman Rob Wittman (1st District) addressed the audience of 200. He applauded the students’ accomplishments and encouraged them to apply their knowledge, critical thinking and teamwork skills to help solve some of the challenges facing the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic region. Also attending the awards ceremony as a special presenter was Virginia Sea Grant Director Dr. Troy Hartley.

The Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School and the other top three schools emerged from a field of 16 teams, representing 15 Virginia high schools competing in the 12th Annual Blue Crab Bowl. Eighty students, 16 science teachers, more than 30 supporters, and 75 volunteers gathered for the contest. The competing students spent the day in head-to-head contests, testing their knowledge of marine sciences and the ocean. 

The first place finisher was Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, and Grafton High School placed second.

The Third Place Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School-Glenns team earned a distinctive Blue Crab Bowl trophy in honor of their win. Coach Beam received teaching and research science supplies, including an underwater video system and National Geographic ocean floor map. The team will also enjoy a marine science field experience and passes to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.

For further information, please contact Dr. Carol Hopper Brill at 684-7735 or . Information about the Blue Crab Bowl is also available at

posted 03.05.2009

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