Winners List of My California GIS Mapping Competition

2020 Contest Winners

Congratulations to all the teachers and students who persisted through challenging times to develop their projects and make the contest deadline. We know many more hoped to participate but found that goal impossible with school closures and distance learning the norm. We wish you all the best and encourage you to keep on mapping!

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Finalists, Grades 4-8:
1st
Jaydon Do and Leo Liang, James Rutter Middle School (Teacher: Karen Sanko), Sacramento, “Bay Delta – Center of California Water Wars.”
2nd
Mia Song, Los Coyotes Middle School (Teacher: Della Robertson), La Mirada, “Camp Fire.”
3rd
Mihir Konkapaka, Morning Creek Elementary School (Teacher: Soumya Chennapragada), Poway, “State of the Air – California.”
4th
Colin Khoang, Los Coyotes Middle School (Teacher: Della Robertson), La Mirada, “California’s Role in WWII.”

Honorable Mentions go to:

Finalists, Grades 9-12:
1st
Natalie Baghumyan and Matt Orbita, Clark Magnet High School (Teacher: Dominique Evans-Bye), Glendale, “The Growing Threat in the WUI.
2nd
(tie) Michaella Reyes and Jannice Rigor, Clark Magnet High School (Teacher: Dominique Evans-Bye), Glendale, “Litter Makes our Water Bitter.”
David Abramyan, Clark Magnet High School (Teacher: Dominique Evans-Bye), Glendale, “Optimizing Clark Bus Routes.”
4th Nagashreya Guntireddy and Arpi Keshishian, Clark Magnet High School (Teacher: Dominique Evans-Bye), Glendale, “Conception Tragedy.”
5th Adam Kaplan, Clark Magnet High School (Teacher: Dominique Evans-Bye), Glendale, “Where Does our School Litter Go?.”

Honorable Mention goes to:

2019 Contest Winners

  • Finalists, Grades 4-8:
    • Winners (advance to national competition): Xavier R. Muñoz and Isaiah Thao, James Rutter Middle School, Sacramento: “Tubbs Fire” (https://bit.ly/2G8Xu5H)
      ***UPDATE: This project was selected as national runner-up***
    • Stanley Vang and Akire Xiong, James Rutter Middle School, Sacramento: “Deer Creek Hills and the Gold Rush” (https://bit.ly/2GkxPbq)
    • Nathalia Magdaleno and Viet Truong, James Rutter Middle School, Sacramento: “Digital Literacy in Sacramento County” (https://bit.ly/2G8YvuD)
    • Marian Torres and Cody Nguyen , Los Coyotes Middle School, La Mirada: “Crime in Compton” (https://bit.ly/2V4Vxgm)
    • Jose Coronado, James Rutter Middle School, Sacramento: “Camp Fire” (https://bit.ly/2VHb7zA)
  • Finalists, Grades 9-12:
    • Winners (advance to national competition): Paul Kim and Serli Khanbabael, Clark Magnet High School, La Crescenta: “Heavy Metals Sediment Analysis Between LA Harbor and LA River” (http://arcg.is/qKm5b)
    • Evelyn Torres and Irma Mateo, Godinez Fundamental High School, Santa Ana: “Skate Equity for Santa Ana Youth” (http://bit.ly/YASCSkateCampaignKW)
    • Guadalupe Barrera and Luis Ruvalcaba, Godinez Fundamental High School, Santa Ana: “The Reality of Food Access in Santa Ana” (http://bit.ly/KWSAHNAFoodAccess)
    • Adam Kaplan, Clark Magnet High School, La Crescenta: “California Drought and Snowpack” (https://arcg.is/0nSXee)
    • Robert Yetter and Omar Mora, Bonita Vista High School, Chula Vista: “What Led to the Hepatitis A Outbreak in Downtown San Diego?” (https://arcg.is/0aLbP)

2018 Contest Winners

4th-8th grade division:

1st place (will advance to the national competition):
Jessica Huynh and Sorina Ngin, The Impacts of the Homeless on the American River Parkway
James Rutter Middle School, Sacramento (Teacher/Project Mentor: Karen Sanko)

2nd place:
Shounak Ray Chaudhuri and Gurshawn Boparai, Ten Endangered Animals of California
Morning Creek Elementary School, Poway (Teacher/Project Mentor: Soumya Chennapragada)

3rd place:
Theodore Saechao, The Change of Student Population in Elk Grove Schools
James Rutter Middle School, Sacramento (Teacher/Project Mentor: Karen Sanko)

4th place:
Emma Ruud, LGBT Pride Parades
Rancho Cucamonga Middle School, Davis (Teacher/Project Mentor: Jill Schwartz)

5th place:
Hamza Jaleel and Clay Ballard, California in the Civil War
Holmes Junior High School, Davis (Teacher/Project Mentor: Anna Amsler)

Honorable Mention:
Owen Michaels, The Husky
Vinewood Elementary School, Lodi (Teacher/Project Mentor: Nicole Dickinson)
Mihir Konkapaka, Junior Ranger Programs in California
Morning Creek Elementary School, Poway (Teacher/Project Mentor: Soumya Chennapragada)

 

9th-12th grade division:

1st place (will advance to the national competition):
Emily Woods and Sangam Sharma, A Sprinkle in Time @ Clark
Clark Magnet
High School, La Crescenta (Teacher/Project Mentor: Dominique Evans-Bye)

2nd place:
Marcello Vazquez, Glendale Crime Data
Clark Magnet
High School, La Crescenta (Teacher/Project Mentor: Dominique Evans-Bye)

3rd place:
Gillian Lowe, California’s Fires at the End of 2017
Clark Magnet
High School, La Crescenta (Teacher/Project Mentor: Dominique Evans-Bye)

4th place:
Anna Fedderen, Oroville Story: Before and After
Clark Magnet
High School, La Crescenta (Teacher/Project Mentor: Dominique Evans-Bye)

5th place:
Justice Garner, OUSD Schools Field Study: Equity and Environmental Justice
Bishop O’Dowd High School, Oakland (Teacher/Project Mentor: Sarah Bremer)

Honorable Mention:
Abigail Pagila, Alameda Boba Shops
Bishop O’Dowd High School, Oakland (Teacher/Project Mentor: Sarah Bremer)

2017 Middle School (4th-8th grade) Winners

Hazalle Leiva and Mario Silva

Hollenbeck
Middle School STEM Magnet (Teacher Laura Ruiz)

Liquor Stores and Schools

 

Gavin Mora and Nathan Larson

Vinewood
Elementary (Teacher Nicole Dickinson)

Sports Locations

 

Pranay Kulkarni

Morning
Creek Elementary School (Teacher Soumya Chennapragada)

Rocks and Minerals of National Parks in California

Annalyn Grant and Camille Troy

Vinewood
Elementary (Teacher Nicole Dickinson)

Endangered Species

 

 

2017 High School (9th-12th grade) Winners

Erika Hookasian and Mari Jrbashyan

Clark
Magnet High School (Teacher Dominique Evans-Bye)

California Drought

Claire  Lytle

Kearny
School of Science, Connections & Technology

(Teacher Corri-Anne Burgess)

Comparing Obesity Levels to Socioeconomic Status in 5th
Graders for SDUSD

Asad Dalmar and Alex Baustista

Kearny
School of Science, Connections & Technology

(Teacher Corri-Anne Burgess)

Body Composition K-12

Gerardo Cosio and Jesus Acosta

Math, Science and Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School
(Teacher Mariana Ramirez)

Classmates Not Inmates

Dominique Haro and Betsayda Puerta

Math, Science and Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School
(Teacher Mariana Ramirez)

Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD)