Kennedy Math, Engineering, and Science Students Win Awards

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John F. Kennedy Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) students earned top honors at last week’s awards banquet held at the University of California, Davis.

Senior Angie Goh was recognized as an outstanding senior, and sophomore Mugita Kurosaki was honored for his work on the Egg Xpress Physics Competition. Junior Charles Thorpe-Barbier was recognized for his work in aerodynamics past and present MESA competitions.

Victoria Chen and Leeann Lee took first place at the Mesa Regional competition! Their competition was “Think Tank.” The Think Tank contest requires students to help devise the next Mesa Competition. Chen and Lee suggested making solar powered model cars to maximize horsepower.

MESA provides a combination of enrichment activities, hands-on competitions academic support, and industry involvement to increase diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program serves students in the middle school to community college and university levels.

“MESA is wonderful opportunity get students, particularly those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, into the STEM fields,” said science teacher and MESA Advisor Yasmin L. Henry. “MESA provides a fun and interactive space to learn STEM.  It provides students a chance to learn about collaboration, critical thinking, and leadership.”

Henry said it takes” lots and lots of practice to prepare with MESA” to prepare for the competition. The UCD Health Academy also had students attend Saturday sessions to prepare for their speech on health issues affecting the Sacramento community.