Audubon Summary

Levi Wakeham

Audubon Summary:

Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the Audubon service project where me and other SNHS members were able to help dig up and plant new plants in an effort to help the migrating monarch butterfly have a safe place to stay during their journey of migration. It was a great experience to be able to go out there and plant various plants, including milkweed plants. We were also given the task of pulling out large weeds that were harming other nearby plants in the area, which we all worked on as a team to complete, pulling up one weed at a time. Overall, the trip was a great success and was definitely worthwhile, I liked this service project especially because we were able to do something great for the environment and have fun while doing so.


Butterfly Garden Habitat

Every fall, the Rio Salado Audubon Center has Saturday conservation work days. These work days range from making owl habitats to cleaning up trash in the Rio Salado waterways.  On October 21st, nine of the YHS Science NHS members participated in a work day to help make better habitat for monarch butterflies.


Maddie, Fern, Tamira, and Levi planting fairy dusters

Monarch butterflies are a species of butterfly that live and migrate through Arizona.  They feed on nectar and lay their eggs on desert milkweed.  Desert milkweed is the only plant the caterpillars will feed on, so it is an important plant for monarchs in the Sonoran desert.  The Arizona Audubon Society wants to help monarchs in Arizona by planting more of the milkweed as well as other nectaring plants that the adult monarch butterflies can feed on.  To achieve their goals, they asked volunteers to work in their butterfly garden planting desert milkweed, fairy duster, and other plants that will help butterflies.


Armed with shovels, picks, and plants, we joined other volunteers in digging holes, pulling out rocks, and planting plants to help attracted butterflies to the area.  While the work was difficult, it was ultimately rewarding when one of the center employees pointed out a monarch butterfly at one of the newly planted plants.


Pulling out buffelgrass

Once we finished with the butterfly garden, we also helped in pulling out invasive buffelgrass from the Rio Salado river area.  Buffelgrass is native to Africa and was brought to the Americans as food for livestock.  The problem with buffelgrass is that it out competes our native desert plants and is taking over many parts of the Sonoran Desert.  To help get rid of this pest plant, we took out shovels and picks and pulled them out by the roots.

We had a fun time at the Arizona Audubon Center helping native desert wildlife and their habitat.  Thanks to the students who attended and who worked so hard to conserve Arizona wildlife!


Standing: Fern, Maddie, Kiara, Jocelyn, Ms. Doskocil David, Levi, Tamira; Kneeling: Jessica, Takila


Club Rush

Fern Valenzuela

Community outreach 1: Club Rush

During the club rush, we were able to educate our peers on our club, what it was like, and what requirements you need to meet in order to stay in it. We were able to persuade a couple of sophomores to stay positive about their science classes that may seem hard this year in order to be a part of a club where you can meet people that are all as fascinated by science as you are. We also got the chance to show a demo, called elephant toothpaste. Although the results weren’t exactly what we thought they would be, they were still pretty cool and the people who say them thought they were great.  Overall, I thought it was a wonderful experience, because we had the opportunity to educate people about the club and how fun it was, and is going to be.

ASU Trip

Levi Wakeham

We recently took a trip to Arizona State University, where me and ten other SNHS members were educated on the fascinating science of anthropology, and discussed just what we can expect when we ourselves head off to college.

Arriving at the campus of ASU was a whole other experience in and of itself. Last summer, I had the opportunity to explore the ASU campus when I participated in the CCLI annual camp that goes on every summer at ASU. But the University this time around had a whole new vibe, due to all the college students traveling from class to class and the overall lively mood. The whole school had a great atmosphere that felt very welcoming and friendly.

For the first half of the session, the speaker, Amy, went into depth on all the different topics of anthropology, how still studying bones and fossils today is important, and how anthropology is still being used today. It was great learning about how we as the human race came to have the skeletal structure we have today. The whole lecture was extremely interesting and Amy was able to answer any questions we may have had.

The second half of the session we were able to ask questions ranging from how to study for a college exam, to what social life is like while living on campus. Amy responded with great answers and answered any questions we had very well. It was cool hearing it from someone who had just recently gone to college themselves. Overall, the whole thing was a blast and I learned a lot about the college experience, and the science of anthropology.

Tyler Adams – Public Relations Officer

I joined SNHS to show the younger class just how fun Science can be. When I was in elementary school, a student from high school came and talked about their science program. Ever since that day I’ve had a passion for science. Being in SNHS has not only increased my scientific involvement, but has helped me reach out and help others who want the same thing.

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.

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!