Focus on Education (05/16/14)

May 16, 2014 


The Central Valley Dual Language Consortium Spanish Spelling Bee hosted contestants Thursday from 13 dual language schools at California State University, Stanislaus. The contest ended after the 79th word, “microondas,” meaning microwave. The first three placeholders were from Turlock: John Adamson from Ducher Middle School in first; Erika Gonzalez from Dutcher came in second; and Nia McGee from Osborn School garnered third. The event highlights being bilingual, biliterate and bicultural, said organizers. The planning committee consists of Juan Flores, Vanessa Perez, Maria Torres-Perez, Ed Ewing, Alma Romo, Rosie Ramos and Maria Rosales.


Teen filmmakers at Modesto’s Enochs High School took second place in a national contest with their video on suicide prevention called “Perception.” In a separate category on ending the silence and stigma of mental illness, two videographers from UC Merced took third with their film “Not to be Ignored.” Enochs students Caleb Meyer, Jacob McNeilly, Justin Benziger, Brandon Wilcox, Mariah Davis and Megan Johnson made their one-minute film for the Directing Change Video Contest, sponsored by the California Mental Health Services Authority. Kennan Conner and Salvatore Angrisani were the team from Merced. Winners, selected from among 432 submissions, were announced Wednesday. View all of the winning films at


Johansen High School will offer a class in video game design June 2-6 and a class in Photoshop June 9-13. Both classes are 9 a.m. to noon at the campus, 641 Norseman Drive, Modesto. The Digital Media Arts Summer camps will introduce incoming sixth- to 10th-graders to cutting-edge technology skills in Johansen’s state-of-the-art digital media lab. Cost is $100 per camp. For more information, contact Cristina Albarran by email at or by phone at (209) 595-1200. To register, go to

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