Even during COVID-19 graduation is still exciting! Although Menlo-Atherton was not able to host an in person graduation, and MERO was not able to host our end of the year BBQ, we were still excited to celebrate our large group of MERO high school graduates from afar!
This year seven of our MERO alumni graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School! This group of grads is hard working, persistent, and thoughtful, and they are ready to make a difference in the world around them. Three of our graduates are enrolled in and planning to attend college in the fall! Most of the other students are hoping to attend college or job training, and Tyler and I will be working over the summer to help them register if that is what they decide they would like to do.
This special group of grads has overcome so many obstacles to get to where they are today. Not only have they all had to learn a new language and adapt to a new country, they also had the added challenge of finishing off their senior year in the midst of a global pandemic. Through spotty internet access, working to support their families, and helping siblings with homework, these grads worked so hard to graduate and deserve to be celebrated. Congratulations 2020 graduates- we are so proud of you.
Marco's carefully decorated graduation cap! Marco is hoping to study architecture. He is also the designer of our MERO 2018 program T-shirt!
Jack throws his graduation cap while taking pictures in front of the school. Jack participated in MERO 2017 and was our student coordinator in 2019. We know that he will go on to do great things!
Welcome to La Mera Ciencia, the official blog of Menlo-Atherton Ecology Research Outdoors (MERO). Founded in 2017, MERO is a free, after-school environmental education program for high school English Language Learners that gets students outside doing ecology. Mero (or mera for feminine words like ciencia) is Spanish for "legit" or "the real thing", which is exactly the kind of science we do in the MERO program!