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Team of Woodlake High School freshmen earn 3 of top 5 spots individually, best overall team at UC Davis

Team of Woodlake High School freshmen earn 3 of top 5 spots individually, best overall team at UC Davis

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WOODLAKE – Woodlake students took home three of the top individual spots and first overall for their team at an agriscience competition last weekend.

Nine Woodlake High School freshmen from the 2nd period ag earth/physical science class submitted entries into the Agriscience Fair Research Project Competition at University of California, Davis on March 3. Izaiah Benavides, Emily Mull, and Kirsten Killian took third, fourth and fifth place overall among 100 projects in the competition for middle schoolers, as well as high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Benavides won 1st High Individual in the Power, Structural, and Technical Systems Novice Division. Mull won 1st High Individual in Food Products and Processing Systems Novice Division. Killian won 1st High Individual in Plant Systems Novice Division.

The judges also select one school from all of the schools competing to receive the outstanding overall school award. Woodlake won the Outstanding Novice Division 1st High Overall Team award.

“Thank you to my ag academy partner in crime Amy Parreira for making this project based learning endeavor possible through the project collaboration that we have in our English and science classes,” said Jason Ferreira, agriculture academy and earth science instructor at Woodlake High School. “Thank you to everyone including our industry partners that have supported these students in their projects and make the learning meaningful and worthwhile for their futures.”

Other winning Woodlake freshmen were: Sierra Bolanos, 1st High Individual, Social Systems Novice Division; Alyssa Mendez, 2nd High Individual, Food Products and Processing Systems Novice Division; Jamie Tattersfield, 4th High Individual, Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems Novice Division; Nate Reeves, 5th High Individual, Plant Systems Novice Division; Beneda Loya, 2nd High Individual, and Andrew Leon, 3rd High Individual, both in the Power, Structural, and Technical Systems Novice Division.

For more information on the WHS Agriculture Academy and Earth Science, call Jason Ferreira at 559-564-3307 or email him at jferreira@w-usd.org.

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