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March 8, 2005


Armed with donations from local nurseries and individuals and leading a team of over 100 volunteers, Alex Bergjans – an active Boy Scout since 1st grade -- spent a recent Saturday refurbishing the planters surrounding Mira Costa’s auditorium and the adjacent parking lot. The beautification project marked the final step in Alex’s quest to attain the ‘Eagle Scout’ award, the requirements of which include the earning of 21 merit badges and the consistent demonstration of leadership attributes. “A beautiful campus reflects positively on the students and staff,” Alex explains. “Mira Costa is a great school, and I wanted to do my part to make it better.” Alex would like to thank Dr Scott Wilbur; Carl Leach, MCHS Plant Manager; Mike Marino, MCHS Maintenance Staff; the ASB; Adria Holtzinger; Tom Given of Marina del Rey Garden Center; and Bill Ota of Ota Nursery, all of whom helped to make the project a success.


Mira Costa students Ashley Okada, Matt Richards, Scott Friedlander, Sarah Lesser, Robbie McCracken, Rachael Hosley, and Taylor Debevec and will be spending a week in May in Baja, California on ‘The Indian Trader,” a 72-foot ocean research vessel – their reward for winning the Quik Science Challenge, sponsored by Quiksilver, Inc. and USC’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. As Robbie McCracken explains, “The challenge was a series of projects that had to do with marine biology. We had to complete an ocean audit (surveying teachers and students about the use of ocean science curriculum), a public service (for which the group presented a lesson on the ocean to Pacific Elementary 5th graders), a lesson plan, and a research proposal (concerning the use of reef balls to repopulate depleting reefs). We got the project late December and it was due early February. By the end of the second week in February, we had heard that we had made it in the top three. We went to USC and were interviewed by the judges. On Friday, February 14, we were told that we got the first place prize.” Accolades go to these environmentally-minded students and their Advisors from the Roundhouse Oceanographic Teaching Station,Christine Buckius and Cali Turner. For more info on the Quik Science Challenge, hit

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