Monthly Archives: September 2017

Fern Valenzuela Vazquez – Vice President

Fern Officer PictureAs I am overall completely fascinated by many, if not all, types of science, I chose to run for the position of SNHS Vice president in hopes to bring more ideas of community outreach, and more educational trips to different places that will help in the student’s overall science knowledge. By creating more opportunities for the club members to reach out to their community in order to educate them about different sciences, we will be able to provide a solid future for ourselves, because the future will always be based on scientific advances that we make now.

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Kiara Rivas – President

My name is Kiara Rivas and I have been a part of Science National Honor Society for 2 years. Last year, I took great interest in this club after taking chemistry with Ms. Doskocil and finding out that I met the grade requirements necessary to become a member. I have always had a major interest in science and am hoping to become a registered nurse in the future, so I was very interested in being a part of a group in which other students had similar interests in this area! I am honored to say that this year I am president of the club and we have very fun activities planned. Being president, I am in charge of running meetings and making sure our members are getting involved in field trips, community outreach projects, and citizen science projects. I definitely enjoy this club because we get to go on many trips in which involve volunteering around the community and talking to other students about the importance of science. We also reach out to others who have a career in this field such as chemists and other scientists. Overall, this club is a great way to get involved in the scientific community and I have a lot of fun being a part of it!

ASU Fun

Once again YHS SNHS students headed to ASU to talk with graduate student Amy Peterson about her work studying human origins. Eleven SNHS students listened as Amy talked about her research, her interest in human origins, and her experiences in college during the hour long meeting.

Arianna Paul, Emily Beringhelli, David Griffin, Fernanda Valenzuela Vazquez, Anastasia Battes, Levi Wakeham, Kiara Rivas, Tyler Adams, Takila Moore, Victor Serna, and Judith Beltran listening to Julie Russ talk about Lucy

When we first arrived at the Institute of Human Origins at ASU, assistant director Julie Russ introduced us to Lucy, or rather her origins and how her finding helped build the program at ASU.

Amy then took over and walked us through the different skulls she had out. She told us about their origins, their age, and how scientists are still working with some specimens to determine how they fall in our family tree.

She discussed her own interest in pelvic development in females as humans evolved and how our need for bipedalism needed to match our need for fitting shoulders and heads through a birthing canal. Her research sounds pretty interesting!

Students were allowed to touch and examine the skulls and casts to see the features for themselves.

Kiara Rivas examining a skull

Students also asked her questions about college, how college is different from high school, and what they should except. Amy gave them some great advice: it will be harder than high school but it is very fun once you figure it out. Also, go to class and really read the syllabus (seriously!).

Big thanks to Amy and Julie for taking time to talk to us! And big thanks to my dad ( pictured below in the red hat) for helping me chaperone!

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Levi Wakeham, Anastasia Battles, Fernanda Valenzuela Vazquez, David Griffin, Takila Moore, Emily Beringhelli, and Ray Doskocil listening to Amy Peterson talk about her research