CONGRATULATIONS TO HERON SCHOOL
March 29, 2012
2012 CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL!
Several Natomas Middle School students participated in the Sac State/UC Davis MESA competition held at Sac State on March 17, 2012. Students entered projects in mousetrap cars, popsicle stick bridges, Lego Robotics, gliders, egg drops, and science speeches. The students represented themselves and Natomas Middle School respectfully. Our students competed against others schools throughout the Sacramento area who had 4 more months to prepare for this competition. W are impressed at their determination in completing their projects and showing competitive sportsmanship at the competition.
In addition to the projects that students enter, there was also a solo mathematics competition that each student participated in. We are extremely proud to announce that Angel Hernandez took 1st place in middle school Geometry! Angel will be a delegate representing the entire Sac State/UC Davis MESA in Geometry at the MESA Regional Competition hosted by San Jose State University on April 7, 2012.
Following are the names of the 16 winners from the March 17th Pre MESA Day competition where 32 Natomas High School MESA students competed in the Regional competition. Now these winners will move onto state competition at MESA Day in San Jose State on April 7th. The winners are as follows:
Egg Express - 1st place - Aidan Freeman Butalla and Shimran Devi
Speak Out - 3rd place - Stephanie Gonzalez, Ojaswi Adhikari, and Jamil Podana
Speak Easy - 2nd place - Allison Pineda
Prosthetic Arm - 2nd place - Nazia Podana, Huda Qasmi, and Jamil Podana
Prosthetic Arm - 3rd place - Lidia Hernandez, Pilar Gutierrez, and Christopher Yee
Robotic Arm - 1st place - Nazia Podana and Savneet Takhar
VEX Robotics - 1st Place - Charlie Thao, Ashley Pineda, Jantel Wells, and Sam Scott
The Natomas High School Mock Trial team participated in 4 Rounds of competition from February 16 to February 29. The team of 15 students took on roles of attorneys, witnesses, clerk and bailiff, and argued both prosecution and defense sides of a simulated criminal trial in which the defendant was accused of second-degree murder.
On Monday, March 5, three Natomas High students were recognized at the Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Mock Trial/Moot Court Awards Ceremony. Aidan Freeman Butalla was selected by the scoring judges as Outstanding Clerk, and Ojaswi Adhikari was selected by the scoring judges as Outstanding Attorney and as Natomas High Team MVP.
In addition, Natomas High’s Courtroom Artist, Brina Sylve, won the Sacramento County Courtroom Artist competition. She will now move on to compete in the California Mock Trial State Finals Courtroom Art Contest March 23-25, 2012. The State Finals will take place at the Sacramento County Courthouse. (Attachments are the two drawings done by Brina for the Sacramento County Artist Competition)
Here is a link to the website of the organization that runs the California Mock Trial program. On the site, there is an overview of the program.
Sacramento County Office of Education recognized Inderkum High School's Academic Decathlon Team at the 32nd Annual Sacramento County Academic Decathlon competition on February 8, 2012. Individual Awards were issued to: Brandon Powers, bronze medal for Math; Ashley Gonik, bronze medal for Music, silver medal for Economics, bronze medal for the Super Quiz, Individual Top Scorer in Team Award, Team Leadership Award, bronze medal for Super Decathlete; and Valentina Carrillo, Top 10 Scorers Award placing 6th among all Additional Participants from among all schools. Inderkum received the Most Improved Team Award for placing 6th out of 25 high schools who competed. The nine primary "Decathletes": Ashley Gonik, Jorge Iniguez, Racquel Jackson, Brandon Powers, Thajus Prasad, Avnit Ram, Prabhneet Sahi, Muhammad Eshan Tahir, and Michael Young. The nine "Additional Participants": Valentina Carrillo, Emanuel Davis, Rui Jiang, Yan Long, Maryl Mendoza, Jeffrey Rirao, Ravpuneet Sahi, Charnpreet Singh, and Landy Zhang. The Coach is Jessica Downing Forsell. See www.scoe.net/adfor photos. GO TIGERS!