Several Sierra Madre Middle School (SMMS) students are being recognized for their insect surveillance and research on mosquito-borne diseases.
By News Desk
At a meeting of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education on May 25, 2023, leaders from the San Gabriel Valley Vector Control District presented “Vector Inspector of the Year” (VIY) awards to 24 SMMS students, the most earned by any participating school.
The awards stem from months of work studying specimens found in the students’ own backyards as part of Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D. (Growth, Reduction & Increased Detection). The program also introduces students to potential career paths and allows them to use the same equipment and observational techniques as professional ecologists. In March, the district announced that science teacher, Ravishanth Dev Anandhan (Mr. Dev), became the first PUSD teacher to receive the Public Health Teacher of the Year Award 2022.
The students from Sierra Madre Middle School who received awards are:
Alyssa West, Guohua Ghiloni, Moira Heintz, Sebastian Aguilera, Danielle Choi, Declan Denison, Anya Gnanapragasam, Owen Ho, Michael Hudick, Alexander Klein, Madeline Korman, Megan Ly, Sienna Park, Emerald Green, Angelleen Sie To, Zoe Cox, Gabriel Gallego, Clement Chen, Micah Ching, Mason Del Rosario, Julietta Hutt, Connor Lam, Elliott Park, and Ian To.
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