Lodi student Julie Fukunaga three-peats to take top prize at science fair
Elkhorn Elementary School seventh-grader Julie Fukunaga, of Lodi, displays her winning science fair project on weed abatement in vineyards. She took first place in her age division at the countywide competition.
- Top reasons for academic success in student competitions
1. Be passionate about what you are doing or don't sign up.
2. Don't procrastinate when you get your assignments and study
materials for competitions.
3. Be motivated.
4. Search and use the right materials to save time.
5. Study a lot.
6. If it doesn't work out the first time, never give up!
— Source: Julie Fukunaga
- Tips for being a successful student
- Passion is a key factor. Julie is self-motivated and knows how
to study, is focused in class so she doesn't need to study a second
time what has already been taught in class.
- We don't put pressure if she is not interested and always tell
her to aim high.
- It helps to start in fourth grade if you are interested in
academic competitions, especially for spelling bees. So it doesn't
get overwhelming, practice during the summer and read as many books
as you can throughout the year. To study for the bee, Julie doesn't
read the dictionary. Instead, she studies word lists (with
definitions) and learns word roots.
- For the science fair, don't procrastinate. (It takes at least
four months or even longer to finish a project.) Be creative and
explore subjects the children are not exposed to at school.
- Take your children to a museum (art or science) every weekend,
like the San Francisco Exploratorium, the Hill House, Haggin Museum
or World of Wonders Science museum in Lodi.
— Source: Cham Fukunaga
Posted: Saturday, March 5, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 7:08 am, Sat Mar 5, 2011.
A Lodi Unified School District student bested 1,000 science fair
entrants to take one of the top spots in a countywide competition.
The results of the 53rd annual fair were released late
Lodi resident Julie Fukunaga plans to use her prize money to
improve the project for a possible patent of an apparatus to
improve weed management in vineyards. Not only did she receive $200
from the county, but also a $1,600 donation.
Saturday, March 5, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 7:08 am.