International environmental charity Earthwatch has awarded California Academy of Mathematics and Science teacher Crystal Davis a Project Kindle Fellowship for the upcoming summer. She will conduct research on forest owls in relation to climate change in the Chiricahua mountains of southeast Arizona. Last year Davis earned a senior fellowship with Earthwatch and studied the effect of climate change on huckleberries and grizzly bears. The new fellowship allows her to expand on the skills she learned last summer and will culminate in Davis taking a group of CAMS students on an expedition.
Seniors Avey Songco and Shavonna Jackson at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science were recently named 2018 Edison Scholars, and each awarded $40,000 scholarships by Edison International to pursue STEM studies. The students were awarded the scholarships during a surprise presentation by Edison officials at the school. Each year, Edison International awards the $40,000 scholarships to 30 high school seniors.
Three Poly High School students recently earned honorable mention awards for their videos in C-SPAN’s national StudentCam Competition, which receives nearly 3,000 videos submitted from middle and high school students all over the country. This year, Poly students created more than 80 documentaries answering the prompt: "Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it is important to you."
In the C-SPAN contest, Poly’s Allie Cain, Jane Acuff and Monica Grubbs won for their video, "The Power to Protect." Classmates Angelica Gonzalez and Karen Ferrer won for "Online Paradox," while Audrey Moore won for "A Forgotten Amendment."
Teachers Christine Carner and Nicole Lopez, both from Addams Elementary School, and Sarah Cox of Harte Elementary School, each received $100 awards to support their classroom activities to enhance literacy. The teachers applied for the Penne Ferrell Awards offered by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which promotes the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
McBride High School student Zara Banaga won third prize in the high school documentary film category of a national Civil War essay contest sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Her documentary is titled "How Melodies Masked Massacre: Music during the Civil War.” Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the institute is devoted to the improvement of history education.