Dexter High School students with a scientific mind were honored for their participation on the Ocean Bowl and Science Bowl teams during Monday’s board of education meeting.
The nine-time regional Ocean Bowl champions recently placed first at the annual Great Lakes Bowl, which sends the team to compete at nationals. The Science Bowl students also placed at regionals earning second place at the annual competition held at Saginaw Valley State University.
The National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB) is a quiz-bowl format competition run by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Nationwide, approximately 2,000 students from 300 schools compete each year in regional tournaments for a chance to participate in the national finals, which will be held in Ocean Springs, Missouri April 23-26.
Board President Michael Wendorf presented team members with certificates honoring their recent achievements.
“The commitment to study that these kids have made is remarkable,” he said.
“These kids are really, really hard works and they deserve a lot of appreciation,” coach and science teacher Cheryl Wells added.
Wendorf also honored Wells, who will be retiring at the end of this year after more than 40 years at Dexter High School.
“We will, and already do, owe her such a debt of gratitude as a district and as individuals and community members and parents,” he said. “The influence she has had on hundreds and thousands of children who have come through her classroom…it is a legacy beyond description.”
Read more about Wells’ retirement here.