Woodlake High freshman team wins state championship at agriscience fair in Anaheim


WOODLAKE – Freshman students at Woodlake High School brought home a state championship last month, but it wasn’t on the field of play but rather in the field of agriscience. 
The ninth grade team of Kirsten Killian, Izaiah Benavides, and Alyssa Mendez won the State Championship in the Novice Division Chapter Group Presentation/Interview Team category. The team project was selected from 176 projects exhibited at this year’s state Agriscience Fair competition on April 24 in Anaheim, Calif.
Jason Ferreira, earth science instructor and agriscience fair project lead at Woodlake High School, said this is the first time that WHS team has been named state champion at the event.
“These students have invested countless hours outside of regular curriculum time to develop, design, conduct, organize and present the findings of their research projects to industry and business professionals throughout the valley,” he said. “The level of effort and expertise being given and developed by such young leaders is something worth recognizing and sharing.”
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Individually, Mendez also took home 1st High Individual in the Food Products and Processing Systems competition and Killian won 2nd High Individual in the Plant Systems competition. Benavides also participated in the Power, Structural, and Technical Systems competition. Other individual students to do place at the competition were: Emily Mull, 3rd High Individual, Food Products and Processing Systems; Sierra Bolanos, 1st High Individual, Social Systems; Beneda Loya, 3rd High Individual, Power, Structural, and Technical Systems; and Nate Reeves, 3rd High Individual, Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems.
Students that participated in the competition were: Jamie Tattersfield, Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems; Nathan Ahteron, Animal Systems; and Andrew Leon, Power, Structural, and Technical Systems.
“Thank you to those that have supported the rigorous execution of this project over the past few years whether in the classroom, outside of the classroom, or on your personal time, as well as financially,” Ferreira said. “This PBL project can not be accomplished without a strong collaborative family working environment. It’s been a pleasure working with some of the best Tiger teachers!”