Release Date: Feb. 18, 2014
Contacts: Ardi Kveven, ORCA Executive Director, 425-267-0156; email@example.com
EvCC ORCA Student Katherine Ball Presents Conference about Marine Debris March 5
Everett Community College Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) student Katherine Ball measures current speed in the Snohomish River.
EVERETT, Wash. – Everett Community College Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) student Katherine Ball is hosting a conference about the impact of marine debris in Possession Sound 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 5.
“Action and Oceans: How Our Actions Today Affect the Oceans Tomorrow,” is at ORCA’s waterfront location, 1205 Craftsman Way, Suite 203, in Everett. Register to attend the event at actionsandoceans.tumblr.com
Ball, 17, of Lake Stevens organized the event as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project. The Gold Award is the highest honor available in Girl Scouts.
The Actions and Ocean Conference includes information from the Friday Harbor Whale Museum, the Puget Sound Alliance and Deep Green Wildernessabout what they are doing in Possession Sound and the Salish Sea to protect our local marine environment.
Concurrent with their booths, there is a series of talks about marine debris. A panel discussion will follow with Ian Miller, a research scientist with Washington Sea Grant, Julie Masura, a research scientist from the University of Washington, Tacoma and Peter Murphy, Marine Debris Coordinator from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The panel discussion will be moderated by Rebecca Reuter, Fisheries Scientist and Communications Specialist from NOAA.
As a student at ORCA, Ball conducted pioneering research to examine micro-plastic pollution levels in Possession Sound. Micro-plastics are the microscopic by-products of degraded and broken down plastic bags, bottles and other plastic materials.
ORCA is an early college academy for high school students, who can earn up to two years of college credit while completing their high school education. Most students graduate with an associate’s degree in addition to a high school diploma.
Ball will earn her Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree from EvCC with honors in June 2014, when she also graduates from Lake Stevens High School.
Ball’s interest in marine debris was catalyzed by a book she received as a gift in 8th grade by Curtis Ebbesmeyer tracking tennis shoes spilled off a container ship in the Pacific Ocean.
“ORCA has provided incredible research opportunities for Katherine, that are typically reserved for graduate students,” said Ardi Kveven, ORCA executive director. “Katherine is deciding between the University of Washington and Eckerd College in Florida where she will pursue a physical oceanography major, she will graduate with her bachelor’s degree in less than three years.”