First Ever Norfolk Collegiate Blue Crab Bowl Team takes State Title

Norfolk Collegiate’s Blue Crab Bowl team proved the first time can be the charm as it took home first-place honors and a seat in the national competition in April! On Feb. 16, a team of five students competed for the first time in the 22nd Annual Blue Crab Bowl.

They competed against 16 local high-schools to test their oceanographic, environmental and policy knowledge. Under the coaching and guidance of Dr. Frank Thomson, the team won the event, making the Collegiate team state champs and qualifying them for the national competition in April in Washington, D.C. Plus they won a digital microscope to outfit the upper school’s newly renovated science lab.

Hosted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester, the competition consisted of six grueling rounds of nautically-related questions. The team felt particularly humbled defeating three-time champion Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School and 11-time champion Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School. The Collegiate team is the only group to have become state champions in its first attempt (other than in the inaugural year).

“It was so exciting to be there in person and watch each match as [the team] gained confidence throughout the day,” said John Honey III, parent to two team members. “I know [my wife] Amie and I will never forget the excitement and sense of pride we felt watching their performance.”

Congratulations to the hardworking members of the team:

Braeden Thomson ’20 (captain)

Libby Snowden ’20

Austin Honey ’19

Kendra Honey ’21

Carson Giocondo ’20

“I wasn’t expecting to know a whole lot, but I went and was able to answer several questions correctly,” Libby said. “Everyone was really nice, and I got to learn! It’s a great new opportunity to explore something I hadn’t explored yet.”