Last Saturday, over 500 students from 23 Central Valley high schools and middle schools competed at the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Day at Fresno State. At the high school level, 40 students from Harmony Magnet Academy competed in all 11 competition categories to earn a total of 16 medals and two ribbons to win the overall title of Best School at MESA Day for the first time in school history.
Here are the Harmony students who won awards: Ryan Cometa – 1st place in 10th grade Math; Anish Yalamanchili – 1st place in 11th grade Math; Yeayun Son – 1st place in Scientific Modeling; Ernesto Mandujano, Eknoor Sandhu, and Veronica Valencia – 1st place in Public Speaking; Jared Padilla and Anish Yalamanchili – 1st place in Airplanes; Pedro Gonzales, Emma Lusk, and Jared Padilla – 1st place in Wright Turn Gliders; Libby Adriannsen, Sunnia Munoz, and Jordan Volmer – 2nd place in Public Speaking; Ivan Vega and Jose Almanza – 2nd place in Mousetrap Cars, and a 1st place Creativity ribbon; Braden Lusk and Veronica Valencia – 2nd place in Balsawood Bridges; Ivan Leon and Erik Torres – 2nd place in Airplanes; Carsen Boudreaux, Eknoor Sandhu, Ivan Leon, and Jack Soursa – 2nd place in Wright Turn Gliders; Lana Bridi, Busher Bridi, and Michael Cook – 3rd place in Team Math; Salvador Centeno – 3rd place in 10th grade Math; Jack Soursa – 3rd place in the Egg-Drop Package and Technical Report; Gerry Villalobos and Jose Magana – 3rd place in Balsawood Bridges; Jack Soursa and Carson Boudreaux – 3rd place in Airplanes; Braden Lusk – 2nd place Creativity ribbon in Mousetrap Cars.
“The fact that we were able to achieve such an outstanding victory is a testament to the hard work, and dedication of our students, administrators and staff,” Harmony Magnet Academy science teacher Marc Wheeler said.
Harmony students will compete on April 22nd at the MESA regional competition at UC Santa Cruz.