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A6 WWW.FSGNEWS.COM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013 Sun'Gazette Science Fair on display thru March 1 [] Awards ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Sequoia Mall SuN-GAZETTE The 28 'h Annual Tulare County Science & Engineer- ing Fair began Monday, Feb. 25 and will run through March 1 at the Sequoia Mall in Visa- lia during regular mall hours. Approximately 150 sci- ence projects representing the work of students in grades 3 - 12 from throughout Tulare County will be on display. Students participating in the Tulare County Science & En- gineering Fair submit their projects to showcase the sci- entific method, which is the testing of a scientific hypoth- esis involving observation and theory. Students set up their projects on Monday and judging took place that evening with over 50 engineers, science educa- tors, meteorologists, physi- cians and practicing scientists selecting the top 30 projects in the "Doing Science" category for "Sweepstakes Awards." Students compete in 10 cate- gories, including: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Botany; Earth and Space; Engineer- ing and Mathematics; Envi- ronmental Science; Medicine and Health; Microbiology and Biochemistry; Physical Science; Product Testing and Materials Science; and Zool- ogy. Students in grades 6-12 who receive a Sweepstakes Award will be interviewed at the fair by a team of science educators and science specialists on Wednes- day, February 27. The panel will then select the top six Tulare County Science Fair projects to continue on to the California State Science Fair April 15-16 in Los Angeles. An awards ceremony will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the center court of the Sequoia Mall. Deserv- ing student scientists will be awarded plaques in each of the following areas: Sweep- stakes, Environmental Vision and Community Choice. Ad- will continue on to the Cali- fornia State Science Fair will be announced. "The projects show a real concern by students to address some serious issues we face as a nition - issues such as ener- gy. usage, human health, food production and environmental concerns," says Tulare Coun- ty Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak. "We're always impressed with the creativity and thoroughness of the proj- ects in the Science Fair." For information about the 28 th Annual Science and En- gineering Fair, call Robert Herman, public information officer at (559) 733-6606, or visit www. tcoe. oN/science- ditionally, those projects that a. F'ville man elected chair of Tulare County Democratic Party Farmersville natiVe Ruben Macareno was elected by the Tulare County Democratic Central Committee to lead the county's Democratic Party on Feb. 20. M a c a r e n o, a former Los [] Angeles Times / newsroom administra- tor, states that as chairman he will focus on increasing local Demo- cratic voter Rub0n registration ef- Magaren0 forts, recruit, ofF'ville develop and run Democrats for local, state and federal office. "We are off to a good start with recent election wins in Farmersville (city council) and Tulare (Regional Medical Cen- ter board)" said Macareno. Macareno is the found- er and president of Latino Democrats of Tulare County. He attended the 2012 Demo- cratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina as a district delegate for Presi- dent Barack Obama. In 2010 he ran as a write-in candidate for Congress. He is the former vice-chairman of the.Chicano Latino Caucus of the Cali- fornia Democratic Party. He worked for the late Democrat- ic US Representative Edward R. Roybal of Los Angeles and the National ASsociation of Latino Appointed and Elected Officials in Washington DC in the mid 1980s. In the early 1980's he wrote for the Visalia Times-Delta as a part-time sports writer and at the Mineral King Publish- ing. Company in Exeter as a strmger. SUBMITTED PHOTO Exeter Lions Club member Paul Ezell (left) presented certificates to the first and second place finishes in the Club's Public Speakers Contest. Yesenia Bramasco (center) and Daniel Kunkel (right). Daniel Kunkel (right) was first place winner in the contest. Yesenia Bramasco (center) finished in second place. LIONSSFtARE Dr. Dennis J. Wallace Optometrist 662 East Visalla Road Farmarsviile CA Ph: 747-341141 ar ContactUs " r editor@thesungazette, corn FAX 592-4308. Call 592-3171. REIGNS: Continued from page A5 support of our community, lo- cal business, individuals, and county to make this happen." Faiman said the Farmers- ville Unified School District is fully behind us but the need for financial assistance is over- whelming at this time. She is asking community members to help with any amount of mon- ey they can spare. All donations to the Farm- ersville Chess Club are tax deductible. Make checks pay- able to the Farmersville Chess Club, 301 S. Farmersville Blvd., Farmersville, CA93223. For more information, contact Jodie Faiman at jfaiman@ or by calling 559-747-0781. MEASURE R: Continued from page A3 monitoring available funding and project progress. "This plan serves as a fail- safe to ensure timely proj- ect completion or allow for efficient reauthorization of funding, if needed," Smalley said. Other changes in the amendment include: -Visalia is requesting that funding decisions for bike/ transit/pedestrian uses be de- layed or that funding be allo- cated on a competitive basis. Visalia, along with the Coun- ty of Tulare, is also request- ing more flexibility in its funding for interchange and overcrossing projects along Highway 198 and a Corridor Plan, outlining plans along the highway for the next 20 years. -Porterville is requesting flexibility for funding to make improvements to High- ways 190 and 65 within the city limits. The amendment was pre- sented to the Farmersville City Council on Monday, which happened alter press time. It was presented to the Dinuba City Council last night. The amendment will be presented to the Visalia City Council on Monday, March 4, the Tulare City Council on Tuesday, March 5, the Lind- say City Council on Tues- day, March 12 and Exeter on Tuesday, March 26. ENABLES: Continued from page A5 "The goal is independent living," Miculians said. "This program brings real world ex- perience by applying curricu- lum to real life situations." The district is currently seeking businesses interested in hiring students with dis- abilities through the program. Local businesses interested in hiring the students should con- tact Miculian at her district of- fice e-mail: amiculian@exeter. "The experience for these students is invaluable because it is easier for many of them to learn by doing and the busi- nesses are getting highly mo- tivated employees who are ca, ger to work hard," she said. The program is designed to match students with disabili- ties with employers who need workers. For students, the pro- gram provides pre-employ- ment skills training, employ- ment placement and follow up. For employers, WorkAbility provides an employee whose salary is paid for through, the Exeter Union High School District. "We are hoping to have the program in full swing by'Oc- tober," Miculian said. Miculian said Exeter was lucky to be awarded program funding through WorkAbility. She said the district was the only one in the Valley to be awarded the mid-year grant. "Mid-year grants are rare anyway so we are very fortu- nate to get a piece of this fund- ing," Miculian said. The WorkAbility program was initiated by the California Department of Education in 1981 as a pilot project to test the concept of work experi- ence for students with disabili- ties. Since becoming a part of state funding in 1982, Work- Ability has been designated as one of the 10 best programs of its type throughout the entire nation. Miculian said this,is the first time Exeter has ever applied for the program, which has been successfully run in Tulare, Porterville, Visalia, Woodlake and Delano. "The end goal is for every student to become a produc- tive member of society," Mic- ulian said. "We want all of our students to be prepared for the real world when they leave here." :, : Struggling With Allergies? 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