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For Immediate Release:
March 24, 2017
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Amber Taylor

Students from Canyon and Century High Schools Win 2017 Educators Rising California Competitions

Students Now Invited to National Competition in Phoenix

Fresno – High school students from Anaheim Hills and Santa Ana have taken the top spots in three competitions held by Educators Rising California, making them all eligible to compete in the national Educators Rising competition this summer. The top finishers were announced today at the Educators Rising California Central Region Conference held at Clovis Community College.

Educators Rising California state competitions provide students opportunities to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills, as well as their knowledge and skills related to future careers in education. This year, students submitted entries in the Children’s Literature K-3, Lesson Planning and Delivery – STEM and Creative Lecture categories.

Children’s Literature K-3
This competition challenges students to think of themselves as teachers and storytellers to create an original book, written and illustrated, for a kindergarten-through-third grade audience. The premise of the competition is that children’s book authors — like educators — help young people understand inner truths and to make sense of the world.

  • 1st Place: Samantha Lee from Canyon High School (Book title: “Do You Want a Colored Ear?”)
  • 2nd Place: Michelle Tse from Clovis North High School (Book title: “One Dollar”)
  • 3rd Place: Lauren Lienau from Clovis North High School (Book title: “The Best Things in Life”)
  • Honorable Mention: Emelia Cameron from Clovis High School (Book title: “How to Write a Book”)

Lesson Planning and Delivery - STEM
This competition challenges young educators to plan and deliver a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) lesson of their choosing to an actual classroom of students. Students had to submit a written lesson plan, a short video of their classroom delivery and a reflection piece on what was learned from the experience that will help him/her become a better teacher.

  • 1st Place: Noor Alomair, Sarah Downey, Libby Schmid, Claudia Vidal, and Andrew Woolfrey from Canyon High School (Lesson plan: “Window into the Solar System”)
  • 2nd Place: Kyle Chamblin from Madera High School (Lesson plan: “Proof Behind the Area of a Triangle”)
  • 3rd Place: Izzy Johnson, Rachel Madain, Makenzie Shellenbaum-Kersten, Justin Smith from Canyon High School (Lesson plan: “The Solar System”)

Creative Lecture
Storytelling and effective oral communication skills are vital qualities for professional success. Captivating an audience and sustaining their attention and wonder with a compelling topic remains one of the most valuable abilities in an increasingly networked society. Students were asked to create a TED Talk-type presentation on topic of social and emotional well-bring.

  • 1st Place: Luis Diaz from Century High School
  • 2nd Place: Healani Barbee from Artesia High School
  • 3rd Place: Sarah Downey from Canyon High School

Each year, Project Tomorrow, which runs the state of California’s Educators Rising affiliate,  invites California's best and brightest high school students to a full-day, and interactive, conference for students who are interested in education and child care careers. This year, three conferences are being held in San Diego (February), Clovis (March) and Orange (April). Each conference includes student workshops, a panel discussion with college/university students in the education career pathway, sessions with college professors and current K-12 teachers, a college fair and more.

About Educators Rising California
Educators Rising cultivates highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and extending through college and into the profession. Educators Rising is a national network of students and teacher leaders who are inspired and excited by the teaching profession. Educators Rising California is the state affiliate, run by Project Tomorrow.