The Costa Mesa-based Orange County Department of Education on Tuesday released the names of two dozen schools that have adequately measured up to the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, a statewide competition that tries to get students to exercise between a half-hour and an hour per day.
None of the finalists included Newport-Mesa schools.
The finalists were selected from 2,649 participating schools. Only 127 schools were named as finalists, which means some will be able to qualify for prizes that include new $100,000 fitness
centers at their school sites and regional awards totaling $5,000 apiece.
More than 1.3 million students recorded more than 11 million days of physical activity through the Governor's Challenge 2010.
In Orange County, 139,000 students, teachers and parents recorded more than 2.5 million days of physical activity, making Orange County "the most active" in California, according to Kenny Rogers, a spokesman for the county's education department in Costa Mesa.