Staff Report

Jessica Burt of Solvang, a recent graduate of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, was awarded WE Watch’s annual $1,500 scholarship at the high school’s recent scholarship awards ceremony.

Jessica plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to study marine science with the goal of becoming a marine biologist.

She finished high school with a weighted GPA of more than 4.0, was captain of the swim team and played water polo as well.

WE Watch began its scholarship fund in 2014 to encourage Santa Ynez Valley high school students interested in environmentally related fields of study as they begin their college educations.

This year the Scholarship Fund chair, Nicole Pena, was out of the country so Theresa Reilly, and retired teacher, presented the award to Jessica Burt.

WE Watch strives to sustain the Santa Ynez Valley’s beauty and rural environment. Current focus areas for study, education and action are land use, water, and outdoor lighting that protects the night sky.

Founded by women in 1992, it has had both men and women members for several years.

Tax-deductible contributions to the scholarship fund and memberships are welcomed. See for membership information. Donations can be mailed to Treasurer Susan Bott, WE Watch, P.O. Box 830, Solvang, 93464.