Eight students of the Lodi High FFA chapter were recognized with their Agriscience Research and Experimentation project. Since August, these students have been applying scientific principles and emerging technologies in the agriculture industry, according to adviser JessaLee Goehring.
Levi Shandrew and Anthony Piombo are state winners in the Botany Novice Team Division with their project titled, "Testing Different Growing Methods on Tomato Plants."
Rebecca Kinney and Angelique Grady won the State Champion Environmental Science and Microbiology Novice Team Division with their project titled, "Testing the Growth Rate of Algae in Different Types of Water When Exposed to Different Temperatures," while Clayton Lauchland is the state winner in the Botany Novice Individual Division. His research project was titled, "How Much Leaf Defoliation is Economically Productive for the Winegrape Grower?"
All eight students are freshman in the Agriculture Earth/Physical Science class at Lodi High. Each has qualified to represent Lodi FFA and Lodi High School at the National FFA Agriscience Competition in Indianapolis in October.
Makenzie Humphrey, Kevin Pence and Yesenia Huerta were each recognized as state winners for their Supervised Agriculture Experience project and have now also qualified to compete at the national level.
Humphrey, a senior at Lodi High, has owned and operated a one-acre vineyard for the past two years. She aspires to become an agriculture lawyer.
Pence, a junior, is employed by Goehring Farms and works in several vineyards. He plans to attend college to major in viticulture.
Huerta, also a junior, grows corn, squash, bell peppers, jalapenos and other vegetables on one acre. She wants to become an anesthesiologist.