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and Carey Upton @ 818.472.6668 †† 06 MAY 2008



SAMOHI Science Bowl & SAGE Students Receive Top Honors Ė Celebration May 7th at 1:00pm


Santa Monica High School has two new reasons to be extremely proud of its students.The schoolís science team won the National Science Bowl and the SAGE team won the state title.


A four-student team from SAMOHI recently surpassed sixty-six other teams to win the Department of Energy National Science Bowl.The team members included Dimitry Petrenko, 18; Alexandre Boulgakov, 16; Marino Di Franco, 16; Ian Fels Scheffler, 17; and their coach, Ingo Gaida.The accomplishments of the team will be recognized at a celebration at Barnum Hall on the SAMOHI campus on May 7th at 1:00pm.(Please contact Carey Upton, Theatre Operator, for further information.)


The team won a trip to the International Youth Science Forum in London in addition to $1,000 for their school's science department. SAMOHI clinched the title by answering a mathematics question.


More than 3,000 students competed in the National Science Bowl this year.Second place was won by Mira Loma High School from Sacramento, CA; third place was awarded to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology from Alexandria, VA.


According to its website, The National Science Bowl is a highly visible educational event and academic competition among teams of high school students who attend science seminars and compete in a verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. The regional and national events encourage student involvement in math and science activities, improve awareness of career options in science and technology, and provide an avenue of enrichment and reward for academic science achievement.


The SAMOHI SAGE team, represented by students Alberto DePablo, Jessie Chan, Tenzin Chodak, Sonam Chodak, Jasmine McClain, Monica Choo, and Jane Beck, recently won the state title for 2008.The win represents the third consecutive year that the school has taken this title.These students worked all year on their projects.


During the competition, the student team had fifteen minutes to present a multimedia presentation and five minutes of Q&A to convince the seventy judges that Santa Monica met the ten criteria better than any of the other 15 schools present.The projects were extensive, collaborative, and included:

1.       Work with teacher Ben Kay and his Team Marine for the environmental project, ensuring a city ban on single use plastic bags and educating students on how they can help.

2.       The creation of a new social venture: Tote-a-lly Awesome, a tote bag company that aims to help the environment, donates to 3 social causes and promotes both school and city spirit.

3.       The Vikes Inn & Cafe, SAMOHIís venture continuing business, which is a model practice, promotes school loyalty, scholarships, and healthy habits.

4.       SAMOHIís Global Projects, which include the 2nd Annual International Day, educating 400 students on the global economy and the continuing Soiree Locations, the Virtual Enterprise business, which reacts to the fluctuating global monetary valuations.

5.       Extensive use of the local Business Community, such as the Chamber of Commerce, the SBDC, several local hotels and non profits, and Santa Monica Video.

6.       Extensive use of College Advisers, including seven UCLA School of Anderson graduate students and several SAGE alumni.

7.       Civic Engagement projects, which included partnering with ASB and the League of Women Voters to educate and create a mock election. Students also lobbied state legislators on behalf of ROP in Sacramento and for environmental and business concerns.

8.       Reaching out to over 3,000,000 potential readers and viewers with our media coverage, including Internet, TV, and newspapers.

9.       Extensive financial documents maintained for all three business ventures and projects.

10.   New businesses include SAMOHIís social venture and an outside venture that two Santa Monica students wrote a business plan for and will start this June.


According to its website, Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) is an international non-profit organization that links secondary school student organizations to mentors from local universities and businesses. Its purpose is to advance youth business and social entrepreneurship in an ethical and socially responsible manner. Youth use their experience as a SAGE member to become self-reliant, create wealth, and help others. SAGE provides a new avenue for youth working individually, or in cooperative teams, as if they were business partners, and contributing to their communities.





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