As she sent me the news of her students’ success in a day-long ocean science contest, Oakland High School teacher Katie Noonan invoked President Obama, who said in his recent State of the Union address: “We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair.”
How could I argue with that?
Oakland High’s team won fourth place out of 16 schools last weekend at the regional Sea Lion Bowl held at San Francisco State.
The students on the team are (left to right): Cecilia Quan, Marina Cen, Alan Yee (captain), Maryam Faall, and Kevin Low. All of them are in the school’s Environmental Science Academy. Noonan, the academy’s co-director, and Jim Wallace, the counselor for the academy, coach the team.
Speaking of academic contests: I hear that Glenview Elementary and Joaquin Miller Elementary are each sending a team to the state finals for the Odyssey of the Mind problem-solving competition. The finals are March 26 in Brentwood.