Three Stanislaus County student authors were recognized by California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom's "Imagine this " story-writing contest.
Morgan Gravatt, fourth grade, Gratton Elementary School in Denair, for her story "Farm Fun"
Mary Bunn, seventh grade, Gratton Elementary School, for her story "The Importance of Harold the Owl"
Sarah Truxton, eighth grade, St. Stanislaus Parish School, Modesto, for her story "The Tomato's Charade"
On March 20, the students and their teachers were honored at a ceremony at the state Capitol in the Governors Council Room. Several legislative members and staff representing districts throughout the state attended the ceremony to recognize the students for their academic achievements. The state-winning authors received medals, ereaders, books, framed pictures and resources for their teachers from the foundation.
From more than 8,000 essays written by third- through eighth-grade students throughout California, the students were selected for their creativity, writing skills and positive interpretation of California agriculture industry.
Two students from Ceres High School, Isaiah Henry and Tatiana Olivera, participated in the Academic Decathlon Online Individual Competition on March 2 and placed among the top seven students from the nation to compete in the National Academic Decathlon Competition in Minneapolis, Minn., from April 25-27.
Samantha Cortez of Salida has been selected to participate in the 2013 Miss Teen Sacramento/Stockton competition April 7. According to a news release, she will be competing for "prizes and specialty gifts" in the Miss Teen Division. The contestants are evaluated on modeling routines of casual wear and formal wear, as well as on personality and interview skills.