We are excited to announce a great accomplishment by one of our students – Theresa Valdez. We first introduced you to Theresa, in September of last year, when she was chosen as our Student of the Month for September 2013. Theresa is an 11th grades student from Centennial High School – one of the many wonderful schools in Corona. She is a very intelligent and highly motivated young woman. She continues to astound us with her determination to keep learning and to set high goals for herself. She loves to try new activities and take on new challenges in order to grow into a well-rounded individual. Because of her hard work, she was able to win the silver medal in the Inland Science and Engineering Fair – “a competition of science projects designed, developed, and displayed by elementary and secondary students from schools in Riverside, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino counties”.
Along with two of her friends, Theresa entered the Corona/Norco Unified School District Science Fair, with her project titled, “The California Chaparral”. After impressing the judges and moving on to County Level, on April 2nd, Theresa found out that she had received the silver medal for her project and that she was moving on to the state level. When asked how she felt about Theresa’s accomplishment, her mother Patricia said, “I couldn’t be more proud of her and I appreciate all the work your tutors do to help her stay on track.”
For her science fair entry, Theresa tried to answer the question, “What is the percentage of invasive and nonnative species to native species of vegetation in today’s California Chaparral?”. When asked what she presented and what she did to complete the assignment, Theresa said, “Two friends and I went out hiking to 5 different locations that shared the chaparral climate (dry, warm, in a canyon, grasses) and randomly cataloged the species of plants we saw in given perimeters. From there it was my job to identify these plants and label them as invasive, non-native, or native to the area. This was very exciting for me, for one because I have never advanced past the school level, and also since I have been hiking with the program Trails4All for 3 years (all of my high school career thus far) and I am always eager to expand my knowledge, especially since it falls in line with what I would like to pursue as a career and follow my dream to help conserve our natural resources.”
Theresa is clearly on her way to achieving all her goals. We are immensely proud to be able to work with Theresa and her family. We know we will hear many more wonderful accomplishments from her in the years to come. Congratulations Theresa!
To read more about other Student’s of the Month, click on the link.