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Rock Your World 2004

Youth Empowerment Event
Thursday, May 27, 2004
William R. Mason Regional Park, Irvine

Approximate number of students: 100

Schools Represented:

  • Buena Park High School
  • Corona Del Mar High School
  • Ensign Intermediate School
  • Irvine High School
  • Los Alamitos High School
  • Newport Harbor High School
  • Northwood High School
  • Orange County High School for the Arts
  • Oxford Academy
  • Sunny Hills High School
  • Venado Middle School

Opening Ceremonies

Earth Resource Foundation Executive Director Stephanie Barger was the emcee for the day.
Irvine Mayor Pro Tem, Beth Krom, was the honorary chairperson for the event. She welcomed the students with a speech on community activism.

Two students were recognized for their hard work this year and were therefore asked to speak at Rock Your World.
Elle Erpenbeck - Newport Harbor High School Kelly Lin - Los Alamitos High School


Mud Critters
Norris Brandt
Irvine Ranch Water District
Recycling, landfills
Michelle Clark
Waste Management
Electronic Waste
Devon Diaz
Self Esteem 101
Katy Doherty
The Giving Gang
Land Use
Kristina Finstad
Chuck Hand
California Coastal Commission
Engineering & the Environment
Gary Gilbert
Brandon Brown, Anh Ly, Jeffrey Roi, Minh Tran, Julia Wu
American Society of Civil Engineers
Toxic Bio-loading on the Body
Sherri Loveland
Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment
Eco Restoration
Patrick Mitchell
Matt Shook
City of Santa Ana
Environmental Effects of War
Rachel Myers
Sierra Club
Don't Be A Fossil Fool!
Linda Nicholes & Bob Siebert
Earth Resource Foundation & EE Solar
Environment & Politics
Danielle Valentino & Clay Reed
Office of Loretta Sanchez
Human Rights & the Environment
Al White
Amnesty International


Volunteers Christina Toffler, Dianne Stieger, and Cathy Lam preparing snacks for the morning.
Rock Your World Food Committee Chair Cathy Lam and Volunteer Setu Upadhya.
Volunteer Christina Toffler waiting to serve lunch with a smile.
A solar oven was used to heat up some of the food for the event.
The vegan lunch was accompanied with a message advocating zero waste. Throughout the main eating area, there were signs for both recycling and compost.
After the meal, participants scraped their food into the appropriate bucket and placed their eating utensils in bins to be washed.
Washing Dishes
Northwood High School faculty advisor Angie Olivares
A Teacher of the Year award was presented to Scott Morlan, faculty advisor for Newport Harbor High School ERF club, for his continued support and community activism.
Keynote Speakers
The keynote speakers, the Irvine High School Science Olympiad Team, spoke on commitment, determination, and teamwork. From left to right: Hillary Green, Stephanie Yen, Tiffany Jean, Carmelle Tsai, Lakshmi Reddy, and Coach Debra Green.
The Irvine High School Science Olympiad Team is a "come from out of nowhere" story. They placed third in the region and were granted status at the state Olympiad as well. In the twenty-year history of the Southern California Science Olympiad, they are one of two teams to accomplish this feat in their very first year. They are coached by Debra Green, President of Just Research….A Market Research Firm. Officers for 2003-2004 are: Co-Captains: Tiffany Jean & Hillary Green, Secretary: Michael Tang, Treasurer: Stephanie Yen, and Co-Historians: Eunsuk Yang & Mairi Gordon.
Lakshmi Reddy
Carmelle Tsai
Stephanie Yen
Hillary Green

Thank You

Special Thanks to the following companies, organizations and individuals who supported this great event!

Monetary Donations
American Society of Civil Engineers
Sierra Club - Orange County Group
Sierra Club - Sierra Sage
Southern California Edison
Union Bank of California
Waste Management
In Kind Donations
Diedrich's Coffee
French's Bakery
Grower's Direct
Naked Juice
Pizza Bakery
Shirley's Bagels
SunFlour Bakery
Trader Joe's

A special thank you to Mayor Pro Tem Beth Krom of Irvine for attending the event, sharing with us her thoughts on environmental activism, and being our honorary chairperson of the event.


Dennis Baker
Stephanie Barger
Angel Crumley
Ted Flittner
Stacey Holt
Natalie Johnson
Mike Kane
Cathy Lam
Briana Lewis
Dianne Stieger
David Sundstrom
Christina Toffler

The Solar Gang (Each person has solar panels on their home). From left to right: Linda Nicholes, Dennis Baker, Bob Siebert, Dianne Stieger, Cathy Lam, and Mike Kane.

Comments from students regarding the overall event:

"It was fun, interesting and opened my eyes to a lot of environmental issues in my community."
-Mollie, Oxford Academy

"It was fun and it taught me a lot about appreciating the environment."
-Miles, Northwood High School

"Best day of my life! Inspiring, exciting, showed me career choices for future and how to help the environment."
-Stephanie, Corona Del Mar High School

"I've always learned so much from attending and had a lot of fun at the same time.
It's a one of a kind experience and I love meeting people from different schools who share similar passions as I do."
-Kelly, Los Alamitos High School

"It was fun and it was enlightening as well as inspiring."
-Tiffany, Buena Park High School

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-Babia Dioum Senegalese Ecologist

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