After a day dominated by time clocks, buzzers, science judges and the powers of quick recall of all things related to the ocean, the team from the Science and Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut gushed with unfettered joy.
“Now we’ll be able to go to the nationals and compete again,” said team Captain Alex Matthews, beaming after his team claimed the first win for the New London school in the six years it’s been competing in the annual Quahog Bowl. “It’s such a fun competition.”
All the intense mental focus required for the daylong competition against 15 other teams from Connecticut and Rhode Island gave way to hugs, high-fives and arms raised in victory for the team of Christopher Bowens, Aidan Desjardins, Derek Raymond, Michael Reilly and Matthews, coached by Charles Mulligan. School Director Laurelle Texidor was also on hand to congratulate the team, sharing high-fives with the students after the win.
Photo and article by Judy Benson