University of Southern California

2013 QuikSCience Challenge Winners

The University of Southern California, Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, Quiksilver Inc., and the Quiksilver Foundation are proud to announce the 2013 winners of the QuikSCience Challenge and the Ocean Leadership Awards.

We will have the winning project summaries, lesson plans, and Quiksilver Open House photos posted to our website, http://www.usc.edu/org/quikscience/ in the next few weeks for your viewing enjoyment.

Thank you, students, teachers and advisors for all of your hard work and dedication this year.


High School Winners List

First Place Award:
High Tech High North County, San Marcos, CA; "Coral Reefs Conservation"

Second Place Award:
N. Hollywood Zoo Magnet, Team #1, Los Angeles, CA; "Build Your own Aquaponics Garden"

Best Service Learning Award:
N. Hollywood Zoo Magnet, Team #2, Los Angeles, CA; "Ecotouring: How Alluring!"

Best Research Proposal Award:
Westlake High School, Westlake, CA; "Water and You"

Best Cultural and Community Connections Award:
Kamehameha Schools, Honolulu, HI; "Aquaponics"


Middle School Winners List

First Place Award:
St. John Fisher Parish, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; "California Kelp Forest Ecosystem"

Second Place Award:
San Joaquin Middle School, Irvine, CA; "Stop Ghost Fishing"

Best Future Visionaries Award:
Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial School, Woodland Hills, CA; "Plastic Busters: Opt Out"

Best Real World Thinkers Award:
Huntington Middle School, San Marino, CA; "Walk for Water Awareness"

Best Upcoming New QuikSCientists Award:
Rice Elementary School, Rosemead, CA; "Analyzing Trash"


Ocean Leadership Awards

Formal Teaching Excellence Award:
Joy D. Martin, St. Callistus Catholic School, Garden Grove, CA

Informal Teaching Excellence Award:
Matt Schulz, LifeSail, Inc. Van Nuys, CA

Commitment to Education Award:
Sara Bayles, The Daily Ocean, Santa Monica, CA

Early Career Award:
David Anderson, Animo Venice High School, Venice, CA


Please, let’s give a round-of-applause and recognition to all the participants of the 2013 QuikSCience Challenge for their outstanding contributions as stewards for our ocean planet!  We wish you all the best on your future endeavors.

–QuikScience Staff