Del Mar residents Emily Baratta and Sam Sheehan were part of Francis Parker School's QuikSCience team that earned first place in the national QuikSCience Challenge.
The 2009 team of six Parker students and their faculty coach, Kathy Young began working in September to earn this honor. The win, the school's second in three years, netted the team an all expenses paid trip to Catalina Island's USC Wrigley Science Institute April 24 to May 1.
As part of the QuikSCience Competition, hosted by USC and Quiksilver, the Parker team created a lesson plan, wrote a research project proposal, and hosted a community service event.
They worked with USD students to develop a lesson plan teaching students about coral reef ecology. The team taught in the Francis Parker Lower, Middle and Upper schools, as well as The Evans School and Barrio Logan after-school program.
For the community service portion of the project, the Francis Parker School QuikSCience team hosted a series of "Discover San Diego" events for the Parker community.