Students at the Phoenix Continuation High School in Mar Vista showcased their project titled “Phoenix Rising” about the impacts of global warming at the Quiksilver Foundation and the USC Wrigley Institute’s annual science competition March 6th.

The science competition at the Quiksilver headquarters is held to improve marine science literacy and environmental education.

“By partnering with a great company like Quiksilver, whose brand carries instant credibility and appeal among youths, we can access and interest even more kids in exploring the amazing world of science,” said Tony Michaels, director of the USC Wrigley Institute.

“Ultimately, we hope to inspire the next generation of marine scientists, but at minimum we will increase science literacy among all students we reach and foster a greater appreciation of the ocean and the need for responsible environmental stewardship,” he said.

The students from Phoenix Continuation High School, located on Zanja Street near Venice High School, said the project not only helped improve their awareness about the impact of global warming, but involved the school in a science field study trip.

Through the project, the students conducted research and created an illustrated book titled “Think Globally, Act Locally.”

Renee Klein, a QuikSCience teacher and coach, was awarded the Ocean Science Leadership Award Commitment to Education Award in recognition of her leadership and exemplary service to marine science education. Klein’s Animo Venice High School students were awarded first place in 2006 and earned a trip to Hawaii.