Etcetera - 02/24/10

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Jennifer Lopz, a 2009 Walla Walla High School graduate, was featured Feb. 5 at the 18th annual Bonneville Power Administration Science Bowl in Portland.

Now a Whitman College freshman, she had been a three-year BPA Science Bowl participant and team captain and is currently a part of the agency's student program during the summers and school breaks.

As a former Science Bowl competitor, Jennifer related to this year's high school participants how her experiences in Science Bowl, and her interest in science, has led to her opportunity to work for the BPA.

Jennifer's summer was spent working in the Walla Walla office in BPA's vegetation management and right-of-way program as a student natural resource specialist. BPA's vegetation program involves the maintenance and control of trees and vegetation that interfere with the BPA transmission system. Jennifer's parents, Macabeo and Emma Lopz of Walla Walla , supported her at the event.

Jennifer, 12 Wa-Hi students and one Desales High School student, participated in the quiz-style question and answer science and math competition that is held on the University of Portland campus. There were 64 teams from Washington and Oregon competing in the event on Feb. 6.

The team members who belong to Explorer Post 311 are interested in math and science and include Sol Mendoza, Juliette Olivos, Anthony Olivos, Yesica Olivos, Bahia Parrish, Chantell Lopz, Krystal Bautista, Jessica Lozano, Jos Beleche, Azucena Duran, Gaby Narciso, Luis Jaimez and Mariela Behena.

This is the fifth year Walla Walla students have participated in the BPA event. "Each year the students answer more questions and win more matches. Our team of juniors won two matches and the other two were lost by just one question," said Diana Erickson, Walla Walla School District bilingual coordinator. She and husband Bill, a BPA employee, are coaches for the teams. The two teams are organized and sponsored by Explorer Post 311, a Learning for Life Program that operates as a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. The Post also supports the Wa-Hi Latino Club. The trip was made possible by funding support from Pacific Power and Klicker's Strawberry Acres and post sponsor College Place First Presbyterian Church. For a BPA-produced video about Jennifer and members of Walla Walla's Science Bowl team, the youtube link is www.youtube.com/user/BonnevillePower#p/u/4/NXBYAzOsoCs .

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.





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