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Lodi’s Julie Fukunaga receives national recognition

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Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:36 am, Thu Sep 1, 2011.

After placing first in the California State Science Fair, Julie Fukunaga has been honored nationally as two of 300 Middle School Semifinalists in the National Broadcom MASTERS — Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Competition.

Fukunaga, a seventh-grader at Elkhorn School, wowed the judges with her passion for science and engineering at the California State Science Fair in May, taking home one of the first-place medals. She has also excelled at local and state spelling bees in recent years.

That same passion landed her a spot as two of 300 Middle School Semifinalists in the National Broadcom MASTERS.

The Broadcom MASTERS encourages middle school students to continue their studies in STEM courses throughout high school by igniting a personal passion for science, engineering and innovation through a competition that exposes them to independent research, scientific inquiry, hands-on learning and teamwork, according to a press release.

A panel of distinguished scientists and engineers selected Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists from among more than 1,400 applicants.

After qualifying through the California State Science Fair and written entry, Fukunaga was among two of the 6,000 entries from nearly 300 middle schools across the United States to advance. She received a gift card from Elmer’s Products, the official classroom partner of the Broadcom MASTERS, and her classroom was given $250 in Elmer’s merchandise and a set of Sally Ride Career Books as prizes for their placement in the competition thus far.

Fukunaga was not among the 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists announced Wednesday.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

Driver strikes bus; no serious injuries were reported

By Jordan Guinn/News-Sentinel Staff Writer

A Stockton resident received a minor injury after she allegedly ran a red light and struck a GrapeLine bus Wednesday morning, police said.

The driver, a 25-year-old female from Stockton, sustained minor abrasions from her seat belt as a result of the crash, said Officer Chris Kauffman of the Lodi Police Department. The GrapeLine bus did not have any passengers on board and the driver was not harmed, he said.

The accident took place at the intersection of Hutchins Street and Kettleman Lane around 7:30 a.m. The bus was traveling south on Hutchins Street and turning east onto Kettleman Lane when the female driving a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica failed to stop at a red light, police said.

She was cited for a red light violation and for not providing proof of insurance, Kauffman said.

Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at jordang@lodinews.com.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:18 am on Thu, Sep 1, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    I so much admire people who can passionately pursue what they enjoy and effect everyone around them in a positive way. I hope Julie is bubbling with joy and inner satisfaction.

  • mizzo roberts posted at 6:50 am on Thu, Sep 1, 2011.

    mizzo roberts Posts: 59

    Excellant job Julie..you make us very proud .



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