C. Wells with the engineer for the Remus, an AUV highlighted during the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.
Cheryl Wells, a long-time National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) coach, just retired from 41 years of teaching high school science and chemistry at Dexter High School in Dexter, Michigan and 19 years as a coach for the National Ocean Science competition. She shared the news with the NOSB national office staff during the 2015 National Finals Competition in Ocean Springs, MS, where her team placed second. In all, Cheryl coached 18 teams at the regional level, competing at the Great Lakes Bowl at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and proceeded to the Nationals Finals Competition with eight of her teams.
Cheryl’s dedication to her students went further than just coaching an NOSB team, she also created an Oceanography class for the school approximately 10 years ago where the students were involved in dissecting specimens, creating ecology projects, working on labs in ocean chemistry, and learning about ocean technology, history and marine policies. Through the class, the Dexter High School library enhanced its ocean science materials, and the school even provides art classes where students paint ocean murals. She’s happy to note that the numbers of graduates selecting ocean-related career pathways has increased due to the larger focus on ocean science at the school.
C. Wells at the retired R/V Knorr.
In appreciation for her years of dedication to her students and the high school, Cheryl’s students presented her with a trip to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) from September 21-24, 2015 upon her retirement this year. Staff from WHOI, a member institution of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (which hosts the NOSB), were able to set up two tours for Cheryl while she was visiting. A field trip and laboratory tour of the Redfield Lab, introduced her to WHOI’s research on pteropods and ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms and pollution, and Arctic phytoplankton. Cheryl noted, “each scientist was very generous with their time and excited to share their research and work.” And as those scientists dedicated their time to highlighting their research, Cheryl has said she will continue her dedication to the NOSB, assisting at both the regional and national levels.
Peter Hill, WHOI’s Director of Government Relations, who assisted in securing the tour stated, “I’m glad she enjoyed her visit and tour, a small price for all the work she has done on behalf of the future ocean science community.”
“The NOSB does not work without our dedicated coaches,” says Kristen Yarincik, NOSB Program Director. “I am honored by and grateful for Cheryl’s commitment to ocean science and the NOSB over the entire 18 years of the program’s history. She will always be part of the NOSB family!”