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MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) is a national organization that has been in existence since 1970 for middle schools and high schools. It has striven to help disadvantaged students to become engineers, scientists and other math-based professionals urgently needed by industry. 

MESA provides a unique combination of enrichment activities, hands-on activities, counseling, academic support, industry involvement and a supportive community environment. Funded by the State of California and private/public organizations, MESA in LA County is sponsored by USC, UCLA, Cal State LA and Cal State Long Beach. MESA at Venice HS is sponsored by USC and has been in existence for 15 years. Mr. Holland has been the MESA Advisor for the last 10 years.

2017 Pre-MESA Day Results

Pre-MESA award recipients
Pre-MESA Day was held at USC on Saturday March 4, 2017 and 16 High Schools competed. The following VHS students won awards.



Grade 9- 3rd Place-Johnny Pan

Grade 10-1st Place- Elvin Canseco

Grade 12-2nd Place-Team/Lucy Pan, Brenda Felipe, Kriseira Llamas



Egg Drop(from 6 story building)-9/10- 2nd Place Makena Cioni

Balsawood Glider-9/10-1st Place Team-Johnny Pan and Thomas Koon

Balsawood Glider 11/12-1st Place Team-Lucy Pan and Brenda Felipe


Prosthetic Arm

Team-Aaron Cruz, Kevin Figueroa, Pedro Celis, and Roy Garcia

1st Place-Object relocation

3rd Place-Technical Paper

2nd Place –Overall


MESA students participated in an educational three day exploration in STEM on Catalina Island. Students learned new concepts and real world applications and how to apply these in the classroom. The exploration prepared students to excel academically and  motivated students to choose a STEM field at a university. Students engaged in field data collection, water quality labs, plankton labs, an underwater ROV (remote operated vehicle) lab, fish anatomy and dissection lab, kayaking, hyperbaric chamber and physics lab, and investigation by snorkeling.