Senior Stoles are in

About an hour ago, the 2011-2012 graduation stoles were completed!

Each one is 100% hand made with one of 5 different Eco-patches! A big THANK YOU to Evelyn Javelosa (Alexis’ mother) for making them all.

They all look great! Now our seniors are ready  to walk the graduation stage reppin’ Team Marine with style.

Patricio's Patch
Lilie's Patch
Cassandra's Patch
Maykel's Patch
Alexis' Patch

















End-of-year TM party!!

At the end of each season, Team Marine has a potluck party where we sign yearbooks, watch the premier of TM/marine bio slideshow, and announce the winners of the “players’ choice” and “MVP” awards.  Congratulations to Adrienne Hino for  winning the “players’ choice” award and Alexis Saez for being named this year’s MVP.  Even though the 2011-2012 season is over, Team Marine’s fight isn’t! We’ll continue to meet and do great things over the summer!






Thanks guys for such a great year!

Los Angeles has finally done it!


At about noon on Wednesday, May 23rd 2012, with a vote of 13 to 1 (Councilman Bernard Parks cast the no vote),  Los Angeles became the biggest jurisdiction in USA to do this! First there will be a 4 month environmental review of the ban, and then an ordinance will be passed putting it into effect.  Then, the large retailers have a six-month phase-out period before banning the bag, small retailers have a 12-month phase-out period, and all retailers must charge 10 cents for paper bags beginning a year after the program starts. This ban will affect an estimated 7300 stores! Go REUSABLE!

Great job LA, lets go STATEWIDE with the ban next!

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LA city-wide plastic bag ban!!

 At 10am on May 23, the City Council will make their decision on banning the plastic bag in LA City. Heal the Bay and the Clean Seas Coalition, along with other environmental groups will rally at City Hall before the meeting. Several Team Marine members plan to help in the event. However, we’re all eager to see the bag ban pass, so that other cities and counties will follow suit. HISTORY WILL BE MADE! So if you’re in downtown LA and want to support, go to City Hall at 9am and help! Don’t forget to wear BLUE.

City Hall (John Ferraro Council Chamber – Room 340) 200 North Spring Street  Los Angeles, CA 90012

Twitter hash tag:  #LABagBan

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Santa Monica Festival!

           On Saturday May 19th, a few Team Mariners along with Marine Biology students joined Mr. kay at  Clover park for the Santa Monica Festival. Here, we went from booth to booth and got to see/do lots of interesing things. Some of us even got to make trees out of paper bags! One booth was dedicated to the 2012 Sustinable Santa Monica Art Contest, where they displayed the winners’ work and had art suplies available to use. Team Marine’s entry of our “Trash Pier” artwork got Special Recogition in the 9th-12th grade contest. We saw some great artwork, and just want to congradulate all the other winners; everyone did a great job! Special shout out to one of Samohi’s own, the 9th-12th grade runner-up: Sarah Shin. We had a great time at this event, thanks SM!


Here are some of the other winners of the 2012 Sustinable Santa Monica Art Contest



Safe to surf?

While surfing last weekend, Mr. Kay noticed that he wasn’t alone…



Floating around him were various fragments of what were once single-use plastics. So he sat on his surfboard and collected as much trash that he could fit into his wetsuit. Kay collected all sorts of plastic ranging from plastic bags, wrappers, bottle caps, straws, to lots of unidentifiable fragments.  After school today, with the help of a few Marine Biology students, Team Marine laid each piece of plastic  flat and tried to cover as much concrete as possible to find the total surface area. While doing this, we made note of all the different recognizable brand names we found. They included: Doritos, Zip-loc, Reeses, Crunch, David sunflower seeds, Twix, BIC, Munchies, Kit Kat, Oreos, Gatorade, 7-select, Aquafina, Giradelli, Lays, 99¢ stores, Hersheys, Bimbo, Haribo, Corn nuts, Turbos, Life Styles, Air Heads, Cheetos, Pirate’s Booty, Penguinos, Fritos, Bakenetts, Sparklet, Orangina, Lucky’s, Wonka, FritoLay, Snickers, Nature Valley, Ice Breakers, and McDonald’s.


There were a total of 651 pieces of plastic that made up for 6.973m2 in surface area. Some of the plastic pieces had been colonized by algae/barnacles and there was one plastic bag that had a dead fish inside! The fish probably didn’t see the bag floating around the ocean, so it accidentally swam into it and when it couldn’t escape, it smothered. This can only mean one thing…



Generation Earth’s Streets to the Sea Challenge

On Thursday, May 26th, 2011 our S2S team went down to Disney Studios in Burbank for the recognition event. Here, each team would be judged by hand-picked judges as well as our very own competitors.  All teams had to set up a booth displaying all we’ve done for the challenge and give 5 min presentations to the judges and other teams. We got to see lots of cool things while going around to the other schools’ booths! We learned about permeable cement, gardening , and we even got to take home some cool stamps made out of single-use bottle caps! Although we didn’t win, we still had a great experience and loved to see others our age with the same enthusiasm that we have towards protecting our environment. Thankyou so much Generation Earth, Disney studios, and ofcourse, our fellow eco-beasts! Congrats to Norwalk High School for winning 1st place among High School Teams and Walter Reed Middle School for winning 1st place among the middle school teams. Great job everyone, keep Eco-beastin’ it!


The QuikSCience Recogition Event!

We just got back from the QuikSCience Recognition Event at the Quiksilver headquarters in Huntington Beach. First, we filled out a survey explaining our experiences in the QuikSCience Challenge, and then we enjoyed some tasty burgers out on the patio. After we ate, we got to look at the other teams’ portfolios and projects in a video compilation of the 2-min project summaries. They first announced the honorable mentions, 2nd place, and 1st place winners of the Middle School teams before announcing the High School winners. By now, the anticipation was killing us! Then, we heard it! “…And first place goes to: Ben Kay’s ‘Car Team’ of Santa Monica High School!” Car Team won a week at the USC Wrigley marine science center on Catalina Island, a check for $500, and a bunch of QuikScience goodies (QuikSCience t-shirts, reusable water bottles, surfboard USB drives, and QuikSCience pouches). After all the photos were taken, we settled back down for raffle prizes which included quiksilver/USC goodies and even a signed Tony Hawk skateboard! Once those were finished, each team picked up their QuikSCience goody bags and certificates.

Thanks again QuikSCience, and way to go Car Team!

First Flush video posted on ACE website!

The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) is dedicated to educating high school students on the science behind climate change to inspire them to take action against global warming. We LOVE ACE! They helped us when we participated in The Biggest Loser Energy Competition, Captains Patricio and Alexis attended Raise Your Voice trainings with them, and last year we competed in the Star Wars competition and won a solar charger. On April 5th, they blogged about our First Flush video on their “Hot and Bothered Blog”.

ACE rocks!
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QuikSCience Recognition Event: Here we come!


In  about two hours, we will be driving to Huntington Beach to the Headquarters of  Quiksilver Inc. for the QuikSCience Challenge Recognition Event. Here, they will be announcing the 2012 challenge winners as well as the the 2012 Ocean Leadership Awards.

Wish us luck!