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Winning Scholars in The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s Annual Eco Hero Contest Were Recognized with a Whale Watching Excursion

DANA POINT, CALIF. – April 18, 2015 – In celebration of Earth Day, the Eco-Adventure Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel joined with Capistrano Unified School District for a Fifth Grade Eco Hero Essay Contest. Scholars were invited to submit a 300 to 500 word essay, a piece of art or Public Service Announcement on “What it means to be an Eco Hero.” Sixteen entries were selected out of 217 entries and the winning scholars were honored and recognized with a Whale Watching Excursion on Dana Wharf’s OCean Adventure catamaran on Saturday, April 18.

“Our teachers play a vital role in educating how everything in nature is connected and explaining the ripple effect once this delicate balance is disturbed,” said Lyn Evins, Director of Resort Experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. “Through this competition we hope to encourage scholars to better understand those connections and to inspire them to make a difference in their surrounding environment,” she added.

The winning scholars include:
Samantha Shaw, Clarence Lobo Elementary School
Diana Bonilla, Clarence Lobo Elementary School
Cressida Michaloski, Crown Valley Elementary School
Andy Jun, Bathgate Elementary School
Edgar Arteaga, John S. Malcom Elementary School
Ethan Johnson , John S. Malcom Elementary School
Bryn Kurt, John S. Malcom Elementary School
Riley Lenthall, John S. Malcom Elementary School
Danielle King, Las Flores Elementary School
Lucas DeMarco, Las Flores Elementary School
Antonio DelCastillo, Clarence Lobo Elementary School
Ashley Caswell, Palisades Elementary School
Kayden George, Palisades Elementary School
Dani Silver, Tijeras Creek Elementary School
Freya Wilby, Tijeras Creek Elementary School
Dylan Choi, Tijeras Creek Elementary School

The scholars will also be recognized by the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent Kirsten Vital for their achievement. They will be honored during the Board Meeting as “Extra-Milers,” students who have excelled in a way that benefits Capistrano Unified School District.