On December 4th, 2015, 160 Hueneme High School students attended a field trip to California State University, Long Beach and to the Aquarium of the Pacific. The trip was organized by HHS MEChA advisers and teachers Claudine Muro (English), Maria Rincon (Math), and Salvador Villalobos (Oxnard College). The trip was also led by the HHS MEChA student cabinet: President Julissa Navarro, Vice President Alejandra Perez, Treasurer Elsa Vasquez, Secretary Daria Carillo, and Senior Advisers Lucy Vargas, and Raul Torres. Several teachers and staff chaperoned the trip, including teachers Mayra Medrano, Mariel Kaikiana, Elio Avalos, Roberto Martinez and Attendance Adviser Richard Gomez.
Students braved the early hours of the morning and boarded busses at 6:30 am. Once arriving to CSULB, students were free to explore. Students enjoyed sporting events at the Walter Pyramid, the activities at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, the University library, the Japanese Gardens, and the different types of classrooms, tutoring centers, and science labs.
The second half of the trip took a turn to Marine Biology; the Aquarium of the Pacific. Students were able to explore several exhibits that provide up close encounters with ocean animals and birds. At the Lorikeet forest, students fed Lorikeets as they landed on top of students’ arms, shoulders and heads. At the Shark Lagoon, students touched Bonnethead sharks, and Cownose rays. The exhibit, The Jellies, provided an opportunity to touch Jelly fish and sea stars. Students were able to view a variety of sea life including penguins, sea otters, California sea lions and a variety of fish, squid, jelly fish and sharks organized by exhibits specific to Southern California/ Baja, Northern Pacific, Tropical Pacific, and Wonders of the Deep. Go Vikings!