June 3, 2019
Student Representatives to the School Board

In order to enhance communication and collaboration between the Governing Board and the student body and to teach students the importance of civic involvement, the Board supports the participation of high school students in District governance. Each school year, VUSD high school students are selected to attend Board meetings and provide a student voice on issues related to the District. At the Tuesday, May 14, 2019, Board Meeting, Student Representatives to the VUSD Board Bailey Stewart and Parker Boswell were recognized and thanked for their service this year. Student Representatives Chloe Brooks and Colin Watamura were honored at a previous meeting.
L-R: Superintendent Oto, Bailey Stewart, Parker Boswell, Board President Crabtree
CIF State Scholar-Athlete of The Year
El Diamante High School Athletic Director Adam Thompkins introduced senior Parker Boswell who was recently awarded the CIF State Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. Parker participates in baseball and football, and has been a varsity starter in both sports since his sophomore year. Parker is also an outstanding student with a college-weighted GPA of 4.26.
L-R: Superintendent Oto, Athletic Director Thompkins, Parker Boswell, Board Member Naylor, Board President Crabtree
National History Day Competition

National History Day (NHD) is a non-profit education organization that engages over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. The theme of this year's NHD contest was "Triumph and Tragedy." Through these research-based projects, students practice critical thinking and problem-solving, build their research and reading skills, and grow in self-esteem and confidence.

Once again this year, several VUSD students excelled at the NHD competition, and the Board recognized these students' accomplishments at the Tuesday, May 14, 2019, Board meeting.

Divisadero Middle School
Assistant Principal Scott Haagensen introduced History Day Coach Jason Lucero who recognized outstanding NHD competitors Florence Konder and Ian Benavidez. Ian and Florence won the Tulare County eighth-grade contest, were awarded a $250 scholarship, and moved on to the State-level competition.

Ridgeview Middle School
Principal Michael Yates introduced History Day Advisor John Roubos who spoke on behalf of student Caitlyn White. Caitlyn won the Tulare County National History Day junior website competition and finished in the top 25 in the State.

Redwood High School
Principal Matt Shin introduced members of the Redwood High School NHD team, Elliot Jensen Jessica Sanchez, Kyla Seitz, Evelyn Williamson, Kayla Cabanas, and Ethan Lewis and their coach Celina Hinojosa-Saleh to the Board of Trustees. After months of significant historical research and many hours of hard work, all six members of the RHS team qualified for the state-level competition.
Pictured above: Superintendent Oto, Principal Shin, Coach Hinojosa-Saleh, Assistant Principal Haagensen, Coach Lucero, Coach Roubos,
Principal Yates, Board President Crabtree, NHD Student Competitors
Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of K-12 science education through a variety of programs including Science Olympiad Competitions. Science Olympiad Competitions consist of a series of team events in each division (Division A is elementary school; Division B is middle school; Division C is high school).

Once again this year, several VUSD teams excelled at the Tulare County Science Olympiad Competitions, and the Board recognized these students' accomplishments at the Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Board meeting.
Annie R. Mitchell Elementary School
First Place in Tulare County, Division A
Pictured above: Superintendent Oto, Principal Bryant, Coach Simon , Coach Rohman, members of the Annie R. Mitchell Elementary School
Science Olympiad Team, Board President Crabtree
Hurley Elementary School
Third Place in Tulare County, Division A
Pictured above: Superintendent Oto, Coach Sutton, Coach Wynn, Coach Peyton,
members of the Hurley Elementary School Science Olympiad Team, Principal Gendron, Board President Crabtree
Oak Grove Elementary School
First & Third Place in Tulare County & qualified for state-level competition, Division B  

Pictured above: Superintendent Oto, Principal Davis, Coach Largoza, members of the Oak Grove Elementary School Science Olympiad Team s ,
Board President Crabtree
Redwood High School
Third place in Tulare County & qualified for state level competition, Division C
Pictured above Superintendent Oto, Coach Stuller, members of the Redwood High School Science Olympiad Team,
Principal Shin, Board President Crabtree
Redwood High School Future Business Leaders of America
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the largest student business organization in the world that helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business. FBLA aims to prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. FBLA's programs focus on leadership development, academic competitions, educational programs, and community service.

Once again this year, the Redwood High School FBLA team competed at the Central Section Leadership Conference, where they placed first in sweepstakes for the sixth year in a row and a record 34th time overall. Fifteen students qualified to compete at the National Conference in June.
Pictured above: Superintendent Oto, members of the Redwood High School Future Business Leaders of America Team, Coach Saputo,
Coach Moore, Coach Avila, Principal Shin, Board President Crabtree
El Diamante High School Academic Decathlon
Academic Decathlon is a student competition in which ninth- through twelfth-grade high school students compete as individuals and as team members in a series of ten academic tests and demonstrations such as planned and impromptu speeches, interviews and essays. Subjects explored in the competition include art, economics, music, language & literature, mathematics, science, and social science.

This year, the El Diamante High School Academic Decathlon team took first place in Tulare County and moved on to the state-level competition.
Pictured above: Superintendent Oto, Coach Jolly, members of the El Diamante High School Academic Decathlon Team,
Principal Hohne, Board President Crabtree
Step Up Youth Challenge
The Tulare County Step Up Youth Challenge, which is sponsored by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, is a community initiative that calls for middle and high school students to create and implement projects that have a positive impact on their school and community. Students in the Divisadero Middle School PULSE after school program competed in the challenge this year and took first place, earning a $1,000 scholarship.
Pictured above: Superintendent Oto, members of the Divisadero Middle School Step Up Team, Assistant Principal Haagensen,
Site Coordinator Munoz, Board President Crabtree
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