Local News in Brief : Huntington Beach : Mesa View School Is in Shuttle Contest Finals

Mesa View School has been named a state finalist in a nationwide contest sponsored by NASA to choose the name of the space shuttle that will replace Challenger.

A group of 12 fifth- and sixth-graders entered the Name the Orbiter Contest in December.

They spent a month building a model of the shuttle--Adventure--made of plywood, papier-mache, plastic, corrugated cardboard and trash cans. It measured 63 feet long, 10 feet wide and 20 feet high, and had a tail that jutted 15 feet into the air.

Students sent pictures of the model and a paper describing their project to NASA judges.


“I was just hyper,” said Eric Wersching, 12, who worked on the project. “I just went and told everybody who I knew.”

The winning students get a free trip to a NASA-related event, possibly to Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Mesa View’s project was selected over several hundred projects from around the state. The national winner will be named in May.