Benjamin Franklin High School and Westside Leadership K-8 Magnet announced as the Winners of the 2011 Streets to the Sea Challenge!
The Streets to the Sea Challenge began in February 2011. Twenty-four schools enrolled in the competition. These schools took a deeper look at watershed issues on their campuses and looked for solutions. Students developed creative and innovative public education campaigns including videos, assemblies, fairs, fliers and rallies, which spread across middle and high school campuses. Students also created portfolios and submitted their applications to Generation Earth in April. From these reports and portfolios, the top schools were selected to attend a recognition event and compete for the Grand Prize – a Floating Lab field trip. The following schools were invited to the event:
1. Sun Valley High School
2. Benjamin Franklin High School
3. Norwalk High School
4. Westside Global Awareness K-8 Magnet School
5. San Fernando High School
6. Santa Fe High School
7. Hughes Middle School
8. San Gabriel Mission High School
9. Rosemont Middle School
10. Anderson W. Clark Magnet High School
Up to five students from each school arrived at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank on May 5, 2011. Students prepared display boards, and presentations with videos. All of the students participated both as presenters and judges to determine the Grand Prize winners. In addition to the student judges, a panel of three professionals viewed the presentations and questioned the student participants. The panel included Greg Jaquez, an engineer from Los Angeles County Public Works Department, Watershed Management Division; Del Birmingham from the Environmental Affairs office of the Walt Disney Company; and Terese Greco, the Communications Manager at TreePeople.
After all the scores were tallied, Benjamin Franklin High School and Westside Global Awareness K-8 Magnet School were the winners! As Grand Prize winners, their classroom will be taking a field trip on the Floating Lab, a science-based lab harbored in Long Beach.
Congratulations to all the schools that participated in the Streets to the Sea Challenge. Let's continue to preserve our environment. We look forward to receiving next year's portfolios.