California FFA News Fall 2016 | Page 9

{ Continued from page 8 } Talie Cloud, a member of Sanger FFA was celebrated at a White House event for students who excel in science. Article courtesy of National FFA Organization Press Release dated April 12, 2016 Talie Cloud, 15, was invited to participate in the sixth annual White House Science Fair. It was the last science fair under President Barack Obama’s administration and was held on Wednesday, April 13. The science fair celebrated the accomplishments of student winners in a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions throughout the United States. Cloud won first place in the category of Animal Systems at the 2015 National FFA Agriscience Fair, an annual competition sponsored by Cargill, John Deere and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation during the National FFA Convention & Expo. The fair features the research and results of FFA members who plan on pursuing careers in the science and technology of agriculture. This accomplishment earned her the special White House invite. Her project explored the effects of Momordica charantia, or bitter melon seed, on the reproductive rate of Drosophila melanogaster after four generations of exposure. The purpose of the project was to determine whether the bitter melon seed could be used as a potential organic insecticide. Her findings determined that with more investigation on the chemical makeup, ideal concentration mixture, environmental impact and application method, Momordica charantia would be a cost-efficient and effective agricultural insecticide that acts upon the reproduction of the pest, rather than the mortality rate. • Talie with House Speaker Paul Ryan California FFANEWS • Page 9 • Fall 2016