North Kitsap High School ROV team takes 2nd in underwater competition

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North Kitsap's Matt Moriarty works on his Remotely Operated Vehicle June 2 during the first Underwater Vehicle Competition at the Olympic High School Aquatic Center. Moriarty and Taylor Stracener finished second among competing teams.
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KEYPORT — Two students from North Kitsap High School topped the Underwater Vehicle Competition June 2.

Matt Moriarty and Taylor Stracener took second place in the competition. Approximately 80 students from 12 Kitsap County schools participated in the inaugural event at the Olympic High School Aquatic Center.

Students used Remotely Operated Vehicles to perform underwater challenges. Students were also judged on storyboard presentations.

South Kitsap's Tyler Miller and Mike Idle took first in the ROV Division (high schools). Bremerton's Matthew Pohl and Soren Mortvedt took third.

In the SeaPerch Division (middle and junior high schools), Klahowya's Isaiah Dobesh and Connor Roberts placed first. Cedar Heights' Bradley Vose and Tessa Trigloff took second. Both Kingston and Poulsbo middle schools competed.

Awards were presented by Capt. Stephen Iwanowicz, a commander in the Naval Undersea Warfare Center — Keyport, and Capt. Stephen Williamson, who recently assumed command of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. Both the warfare center and PSNS are sponsors of the event.

First and second place winners of the competition received 10-inch Android tablets. Second place winners received 7-inch tablets. Third place winners received family passes to the Pacific Science Center.

The ROV program was created in 2005 to provide hands-on learning in science education. NUWC-Keyport and PSNS have lead the administration of the program. More than 1,000 students participated in the program this year, according to a press release from NUWC-Keyport — about 5,000 total since it started in 2005.


SeaPerch Division (Middle/Junior High Schools)

1, Klahowya Secondary School - Isaiah Dobesh, Connor Roberts, Kim Hamblet (teacher); 2, Cedar Heights Junior High Bradley Vose - Tessa Trigloff, Will Lewis (teacher); 3, Cedar Heights - Dylan Barth, Will Lewis (teacher); Sportsmanship - Klahowya Secondary School - Brandon Coles, Hannah Welzbacker, Rob Hawley (teacher).

ROV Division (High Schools)

1, South Kitsap High - Tyler Miller, Mike Idle, Myrl Williamson (teacher); 2, North Kitsap High Taylor Stracener, Matt Moriarty, Eric Neiland (teacher); 3, Bremerton High - Matthew Pohl, Soren Mortvedt, Keith Langholff (teacher); Sportsmanship - South Kitsap High Devon Sutherland, Jonah Kendziora, Myrl Williamson (teacher).


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