Southaven students win contest to name NOAA ship

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Students from Sacred Heart School in Southaven have won a statewide contest to name a new 208-foot NOAA fisheries survey vessel.

"Pisces" was the winning entry of the five students from Sacred Heart.

The students have just completed the seventh grade. The competition, which included the submission of an essay, was open to middle school students throughout Mississippi.

The survey vessel will be built and home-ported on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The five students and their science teacher will receive an expense-paid trip to Moss Point on June 22nd to participate in keel-laying ceremonies for the ship, tour a ship that was built earlier and tour NOAA's science lab.

The new ship's name will be welded on the keel plate. The students' essay tells about NOAA and outlines the students' reason for selecting "Pisces," which is the name of a constellation and a sign of the zodiac that is the symbol of water.

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