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Local students take top spots at state tourney

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Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2010 12:00 am

Lodi High School's Speech and Debate Team returned Monday from the state tournament in Bakersfield with two students going as far as the semi-finals. There were a total of eight school participants.

Senior John McCallie took 9th in the state for his original prose and poetry speech, while junior Brendan Pinder earned 15th place for his oratorical interpretation speech. Each event is comprised of the top 200 speech students in California.

Earlier this month, a team from Lodi High attended the California State SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Championship in San Diego and returned with a handful of medals.

Five students participated in three skill categories, including introductory drafting, technical drafting design and technical drafting.

The school won the top two awards in the technical drafting design competition, with Jose Jimenez bringing home a gold medal and Mark Whittock, a silver medal.

Students were given a pictorial drawing of an mechanical engineering problem and were required to produce a set of two dimensional drawings, per the standards set forth by the American National Standards Institute and American Society of Mechanical Engineers, according to adviser Paul Guthrie.

The contestants could solve the problems either by manual drafting or computer-aided drafting design, and were given a maximum of 31/2 hours to complete the drawing set.

A number of participants from other schools were recognized at Tuesday's school board meeting.

Jennifer Bonnett

Tea Party Patriots host meet-and-greet

The Stockton Tea Party Patriots will host a "That's the Ticket" movie night and candidate meet-and-greet tonight in Stockton. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at 5758 Lorraine Ave.

The group announced on its website that a video collage of popular YouTube clips will be shown during the event.

Republicans who hope to contest Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, such as Brad Goehring, David Harmer, Tony Amador and Elizabeth Emken, are expected to attend.

Jordan Guinn

Pacific named among greenest schools

The Princeton Review has named University of the Pacific one of the top 286 "green" colleges in the United States. The announcement came Tuesday, two days before Earth Day and near the end of Pacific's "Sustainability Month," which included lectures, increased recycling efforts and educational programs designed to increase the University community's awareness of environmental issues.

Pacific has launched a number of sustainability initiatives. In 2009, it opened the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center, the first LEED-certified building in San Joaquin County. Construction is underway on a second green building, the John T. Chambers Technology Center.

The university also formed the President's Sustainability Committee with administrative, faculty and student representatives, to advise University administration on environmental policy and projects, according to a press release.

For more information on Pacific's sustainability-related initiatives and events, see www.pacific.edu/sustainability.

— News-Sentinel staff

San Joaquin County Office of Education holding STAR showcase

The public is invited to the first-ever STAR Showcase hosted by the San Joaquin County Office of Education.

The free, fun-filled celebration for the whole family will offers activities for all ages, including the opportunity to play, learn, and explore the many student programs and services that SJCOE has to offer.

The STAR Showcase will consist of multiple "worlds," such as Build-A-World, where students will compete in a masonry challenge; Art World, where participants can peruse a gallery full of award-winning masterpieces created by student artists; and Entertainment World, which will feature sensational music and dance performances.

Other highlights include student-led tours of San Joaquin County Office of Education's facilities and buildings, student cooking demonstrations and a peak at some of the latest solar and energy technology.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 at 2707 Transworld Drive in Stockton. For additional information, call 468-4937.

— News-Sentinel staff

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