Articles by For the Islander
Seymour Beek has a lifetime of Catalina Island memories. He first came to the Island at the age of 5 with his father, who owned the historic Balboa Island Ferry that transports vehicles and passengers between Newport Beach and the popular island getaway.
He remembers kids diving for coins tossed into Avalon Bay by passengers on the old steamboat.
Later this year, 62 middle-schoolers from Washington STEAM Magnet Academy will board a research vessel and make their way across the 26 miles to Catalina Island for a marine science learning weekend at the Mountain and Sea Adventure Camp on Catalina Island. The students were the recipients of a $15,000 scholarship donated by the Women’s Sailing Association - Orange County (WSA-OC) with funds raised at their inaugural Ocean Awareness Challenge (OAC) event in September, 2016.