Winners of 2011 Blue Heron Bowl Announced

East Carolina University’s Institute for Coastal Science and Policy and the Division of Continuing Studies are pleased to announce the winning teams of the 2011 Blue Heron Bowl. The Bowl is the regional competition for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl and is coordinated by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.

Eighteen teams from 13 high schools participated in the event held Saturday, February 26, on the ECU campus.

Top honors went to the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics located in Durham, NC. Their team will travel to Galveston, Texas, in late April to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Leslie Brinson, widow of the late ECU biology professor, Dr. Mark Brinson, is the team’s coach. 

Two teams competed from the Raleigh Charter School and second place was awarded to Raleigh Charter School’s Team A.

East Chapel High School received third place honors.

The Sportsmanship Award was given to Raleigh Charter School’s A and B teams. As recipients of the Sportsmanship Award, they received a flag, donated by Congressman Walter B. Jones, which has flown over the U.S. Capital Building.

Teams that competed in Saturday’s competition were comprised of four students, one alternate and a coach. A panel of six judges was present in each room of the competition.

“ECU is grateful to national and local sponsors for their support and to the 88 volunteers who helped make the event a success,” said Kay Evans, co-coordinator of the event. Many of the volunteers were from the ECU community. Additional volunteers traveled to ECU from Manteo, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Morehead City and Washington, D.C.

For a full list of sponsors, volunteers and participants of the Blue Heron Bowl, as well as photos from the event, go to