Canyon Restoration


By Madison O., Team 5

SAN DIEGO – Nov. 16, 2013 – Access Youth Academy strongly supports community service throughout the San Diego region. On November 16th, Team 5 and 6 of Access volunteered for the canyon restoration project in City Heights. They were toured by rangers and given varying tasks of work. Some of these difficult tasks included painting over graffiti, picking up trash left behind, and planting indigenous vegetation along the canyon. Students worked hard for a full 4 hours improving the cleanliness of the canyon and restoring plant life.

Although the work was dangerous, Access accepted the challenge and succeeded to make the canyon a better place. They were also told by one of the three rangers that they “had been one of the best groups since I started this 4 years ago.” Access’ priority on community service does not stop at canyon restoration, they have scheduled for volunteers to attend the Hunger Project as well. 🙂

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Access Alumni Update!

On November 1,2013, Access Youth Academy Alumni Yan Liu and Marissa Reid played a match on the UC Berkeley’s Cal Squash Men’s Team against the U.S. Naval Academy Navy Squash Men’s Team. Liu and Reid play squash at an intense level on the women’s team, that they were invited to play on the men’s team for this match. Reid played the No. 3 spot against the Midshipmen Collin Barry and Liu played the No. 6 spot against Midshipmen Hunter Beck. Although both played strong during the match, it ended in a loss for Cal 0-9.

“We knew Navy was a lot stronger than we are…we went into playing the tournament with the mentality of just getting good matches and a great experience,” says Liu.

This was Reid and Liu’s second match playing as a part of the Cal squash team, but their first collegiate tournament. They both played the Latitude 38 tournament prior this event where Cal took second.

At Access, we’re happy to hear from our alumni regarding their achievements on and off the squash courts. We’ll keep sharing more about our students as the new squash season kicks off.

Navy def. Cal 9-0
1 – Andrew McGuinness (N) def. Danesh Jahangir Mir (C), 11-5, 11-5, 11-6
2 – Jim Kacergis (N) def. Akshay Dugar (C), 11-4, 11-5, 11-4
3 – Colin Barry (N) def. Marisa Reid (C), 11-5, 11-4, 11-4
4 – Mitch Bottini (N) def. Daniel King (C), 11-2, 11-2, 11-0
5 – Reed Whitney (N) def. Axel Eriksson (C), 11-2, 11-3, 11-5
6 – Hunter Beck (N) def. Yan Liu (C), 11-2, 11-2, 11-5
7 – Bill Kacergis (N) def. Philip Bildner (C), 11-2, 11-0, 11-8
8 – John Hsu (N) def. Kjell Ferdinand Ekman (C), 11-3, 11-1, 11-2
9 – Randy Beck (N) def. Aditya Gupta (C), 11-4, 11-4, 11-3

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