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Sophomore headed to California State Science Fair in L.A

Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:00 am

How far would you go to invent a sustainable way to clean up our waterways?

Tokay High School sophomore Julie Fukunaga is an example of the places inquisitiveness, hard work and an outpouring of family and community support can take young students.

Next week, she will head to Los Angeles to compete in the California State Science Fair after winning not only the county competition but also several other prestigious competitions this year with the same project, including a Caring for our Watersheds environmental contest run by Agrium, a major retail supplier of agricultural products.

Agrium will help finance 50 percent of Fukunaga’s project, up to $1,000.

Her entry into these contests is an autonomous solar-powered boat for algae control.

The boat has a PVC pipe framework with a motor, sensors and rudder system for direction. A small solar panel rests on top of a box housing electronics that she programmed herself so the boat can move on its own.

The most important feature is a part that sends ultrasonic waves through the water to kill algae without the need for chemicals.

“It’s sort of like a Roomba for water with ultrasound,” Fukunaga said.

Fukunaga said that she enjoys entering science fairs. She came up with the idea for her boat in October 2013, while volunteering with the Lodi Storm Drain Detectives.

Students in the Storm Drain Detectives test the quality of the water in the Mokelumne River and Lodi Lake to help the community understand how storm drains affect the waterways.

Fukunaga initially wanted to build a boat that would help with water testing, but developed the idea into an environmentally-friendly way of managing algae in waterways.

“I combined different elements from other people and put them together,” she said. “The design of the boat is based on a college student’s project and how they mounted the solar panels.”

The challenge, her mother Cham Fukunaga said, is not in making the project, but in trying to come up with an idea that no one has thought of before.

“When I was in Sacramento (for the Regional Science Fair), there was a boy who made a robot to help autistic children learn. Some people do brain research or cancer research — there are a lot of different projects,” Julie Fukunaga said.

Fukunaga had help from her parents to join and cut the PVC pipes while she was building the boat.

When she needed to test how well it reduced algae growth, she was able to borrow a spectrometer from UC Cooperative Extension in Davis with the help of Kathy Grant, the Storm Drain Detectives coordinator. Fukunaga used the device to calculate how much algae was present in a sample of water.

“I was growing algae in my backyard for a month,” she said.

Even lacking a knowledge of electronics and programming didn’t stop her from completing the project. Fukunaga was able to take free online college classes through a website called Coursera and was able to make a working, finished product after a few months of testing it in a bathtub.

Her mother is proud of her daughter’s many accomplishments in science and as a former spelling bee champion, because of the hard work she put into them.

“Whenever she succeeds, people highlight it, but she doesn’t always place. In spelling bees, she was successful for the past three years, but she didn’t place from fourth grade to seventh grade,” Cham Fukunaga said. “It’s all hard work. She didn’t become a whiz overnight.”

Julie Fukunaga doesn’t know where her current interest in science will lead her in the future, and is modest about her many contest entries and wins.

“It’s just something I do now. It’s a good learning experience and you get to meet lots of people,” she said.


Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:40 pm

Aspiring filmmakers from Lodi Unified School District high schools are invited to submit films to the 2014 Yesterday Again Film Festival, which will be held May 24 at San Joaquin Delta College.

The event aims to showcase student talent in filmmaking, and will award the best film of the night $100. Two runner-up filmmakers will receive $50.

All film genres that are appropriate for school will be accepted. While there is no time constraint, coordinators recommend creating a film between 10 to 15 minutes long.

Entries can be uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube. Submit the link to yesterdayagainfilmfestival@gmail.com, and include the names of people involved, which high school the filmmaker attends, film title and a brief synopsis of one to two sentences.

Festival coordinators are asking for film submissions by no later than 11:59 p.m. April 27.


Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:05 am

Elementary students will face off in a battle of multiplication, addition, subtraction and more this Saturday at the fourth annual Lodi Unified School District Math Tournament at Manlio Silva School in Stockton.

The tournament, which is hosted by the Gifted and Talented Education department will run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and is the final event in a series of Math Olympiad contests at each of the 15 schools participating.


“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss got it right. When you read, every day can be an adventure!

Early literacy experiences are critical to healthy brain development. With this in mind, Needham Elementary School is hosting a “Reading Celebration” this week. Exciting new things are happening on campus each day. From being featured on Good Day Sacramento to classroom visits by volunteers who read their favorite books, there is a lot to look forward to each day.

I had the pleasure of participating by reading one of my favorites by Dr. Seuss, “A Big Ball of String”, to first grade students in Ms. Jaymont’s class. Watching the children, eyes wide with anticipation as each page turned, was definitely the highlight of my day!

Join Needham in their effort to excite children about reading! Take the time and read to someone today!


By The Record

March 04, 2014 11:30 AM

STOCKTON – Tokay High School’s purple team finished first in the high school division of the 28th annual San Joaquin County Science Olympiad. Elkhorn School’s blue team won the middle school division.

Both will represent the county next month in Turlock at the state competition. In total, eight county teams advance but only one from each school.

The two teams emerged from competition at the University of the Pacific that involved 24 teams in each division. An awards ceremony followed at the Scottish Rite Auditorium. Medals and plaques were aFull results:

High school
First: Tokay High Purple, Lodi Unified School District.
Second: Lincoln High Red, Lincoln Unified.
Third: Franklin High Chlorine, Stockton Unified.
Fourth: Lodi High Red, Lodi Unified.
Fifth: West High Gold, Tracy Unified.

Middle school
First: Elkhorn School Blue, Lodi Unified.
Second: Elkhorn Gold, Lodi Unified.
Third: Lodi Middle Blue, Lodi Unified.
Fourth: Art Freiler Gold, Tracy Unified.
Fifth: Valentine Peyton Purple, Stockton Unified.

Awarded to top-scoring teams.


Posted: Monday, March 3, 2014 8:32 am  by Cyndi Carter

Washington Elementary School is going green, one lesson and electronic at a time.

On March 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the school will be holding an E-Waste fundraiser. All unwanted E-Waste including, televisions, computer monitors, fax machines, desktop copy machines, telephones, vacuum cleaners, keyboards, mice, networking equipment, miscellaneous wires and cords, household phones, medical equipment, video games, computers, calculators, cell phones, printers, speakers, scanners, laptops, power tools, small appliances, stereo systems and more will be accepted at the site. The school is located at 831 W. Lockeford St.

Teachers will also integrate new lessons that teach students about the importance of caring for the environment.


Tokay captures championship in inaugural season, sends five wrestlers to state tourney


T.J. Spencer/courtesy photograph
Julia Coon, front, of the Tokay Tigers varsity girls wrestling team takes down an opponent during the Regional Invitational at McNair High School in Stockton on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. The Tigers captured the team championship in the program’s inaugural season. Five Tokay girls also qualified for the state tournament.

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:00 am
By Mark Godi/News-Sentinel Staff WriterLodi News-Sentinel

So much for modest expectations for the Tokay Tigers first-year girls wrestling program. Coach George Bozovich began discussing starting the team before the school year and by January had more than 30 girls on his team. The goal for year one was to “gain experience” and send maybe “a few” girls to the Regional Invitational.


Friday and Saturday, the Tigers won the Regional Invitational at McNair High School with 128 points, ahead of Del Oro (115) and Pacheco (110). They were among the 100 schools and 307 girls competing throughout the Sac-Joaquin and Northern sections.


Tokay's Madisen Bozovich (150) and Marlene Hernandez (235) each got first place and Julia Coon (143) second place. Izabella Marquina (189) took fourth place and Alexandria Garner (160) fifth place. All five advance to the three-day CIF State Championship at the Visalia Convention Center starting Feb. 28 at 9 a.m.


“We didn’t expect it to work out this way,” Bozovich said. “Now we are walking around with a big target on our back and that is a good problem to have.”


Outside of his daughter Madisen, none of the Tigers had significant wrestling experience when the season began. Even heading into the semifinals, Tokay was 30 points outside of first place until a stunning string of pins vaulted the Tigers into the lead. Points awarded per match increase as the rounds progress with bonuses for pins.


Coon, a No. 6 seed, faced No. 5 Liz Orr of Del Oro in the semis. After Orr beat her earlier in the year, Coon earned redemption before losing in the finals to Lincoln’s Jessica Rodriguez.


“I got her down with a head and arm (throw) and she came back and reversed me,” Coon said. “I reversed her back and said, ‘I’m not losing this one.’’


“I didn’t feel too bad about the finals because (Rodriguez) has been wrestling since she was seven.”


Madisen was the No. 2 seed in her class and pinned Victoria Cifelli of American Canyon in the semifinals. She was spared facing top-seeded Carla Diaz of Los Banos in the finals when Diaz was upset in the semis by Monterey Trail’s Kim Viacrusis. Bozovich had hyperextended her elbow earlier in the week and was in serious pain by the time she drew Viacrusis.


“I hurt myself the day before wrestling a boy in practice,” Bozovich said. “I saw a doctor and he said one hard blow and my ligament would tear, so I taped it really good so I could barley move my arm.


“Not wrestling was not an option.”


Hernandez was the No. 3 seed and faced No. 4 RaeAnne Gutierrez of Hiram Johnson in the finals and won 4-2. Gutierrez upset top seed Bernice Garza of Armijo in the semifinals and split a pair of matches with Hernandez earlier in the year. Hernandez also hyperextended her arm, but her injury occurred while leading in Saturday’s finals.


“I was going to forfeit” Hernandez said. “But coach told me to suck it up for 2 1/2 minutes. So I did and she took me down and got some points, but I got up in time and she didn’t score anymore.”


Marquina was unranked going into the tournament and lost in the semifinals to No. 2 Janee Judd of Calaveras. She recovered and earned a big upset in the consolation semis against No. 4 Shye Mosier of Lincoln.


Garner was also unranked and lost her first match Friday only to advance by winning three straight in the consolation bracket.


Coach Bozovich checked the standings outside of the gym just before the finals began. Tokay carried a slight lead, albeit a difficult one to overcome. Earlier upsets meant that schools just below like Pacheco and Del Oro didn’t have anyone in the finals. Bozovich opted not to tell his wrestlers they had won immediately after. He let the formal announcement do it minutes later.


It was worth it.


“While they were giving out the awards I told our girls it was going to be close,” Bozovich said. “They lost their minds when they found out and (Marquina) couldn’t stop screaming.”



Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:00 am

Kafui Addipah of Lodi was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester at Westminster College. Students must have a 3.60 semester grade-point average with at least 12 hours completed that semester.

The following students have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester at Simpson University in Redding:

  • Cameron Olson of Lodi, who is majoring in accounting.
  • Kaitlyn Olson of Lodi, who is majoring in nursing.

Students must have achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or better.

Jacob Tibbetts of Galt was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Greenville College in Greenville, Ill. Students must maintain a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Scott Mackey of Lodi was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan. Students must have ended the semester with a grade-point average of 3.5 or better.

The following students were named to the dean’s list for the 2013 autumn quarter at Seattle Pacific University:

  • Haley Marie Pitto of Lodi.
  • Lyida Jo Siken of Lodi.

Students must have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.5 or higher grade-point average.

Tonya Mae Martini of Galt was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. Martini is a freshman majoring in psychology. Students must have enrolled in 12 or more credit hours and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.6 for the semester.

The following students have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester at Loyola Marymount University:

  • Kayla Hashimoto of Acampo.
  • Christopher James of Lodi.
  • Abigail Scheflo of Lodi.
  • Travis Whyte of Acampo.

Students must have completed 15 semester units and earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better.