Mark Richardson, superintendent-principal of Taft Union High School, has been named California FFA administrator of the year, the highest honor given to a school administrator from the Future Farmers of America.

Taft FFA members nominated Richardson, who will now represent California at the national FFA convention in Indianapolis this fall. California has 70,000 FFA members representing 305 different chapters.

Richardson was nominated and honored for his continuous support of Taft High's agriculture programs.

Students from six Kern High School District campuses will compete at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the annual Rubik's Cube competition at Golden Valley High School.

South, North, Centennial, Golden Valley, Foothill and Bakersfield high school students try to solve the Rubik's Cube in the fastest time.

"There is a lot of math within the solution to a Rubik's Cube," competition organizer and Golden Valley math teacher German Robledo said in a statement. "This competition allows students to use mental math skills to find a solution to a very physical problem, much like the challenges they will face in the work world ahead."

Robledo started the competition at Golden Valley several years ago.

Students are split into categories. Novice students average a solve time greater than two minutes; intermediate students less than two minutes; advanced students less than 60 seconds; and professional less than 20 seconds. Students compete as individuals and as teams. Winners receive shirts and medals.

Public service announcement videos made by Independence High School's science club for special education students have been named winners in the California Student Media Festival, special education category.

The service videos by Falcon Autistic Solar Team, which does solar demonstrations for students at schools around Kern County, were aired on KETN, Kern Educational Telecommunications Network. The videos focused on solar energy.

The pieces will be included in a June 2 California Student Media Festival celebration.

Jeremy Adams -- Bakersfield High School teacher, Cal State Bakersfield adjunct lecturer, and Kern County teacher of the year -- will speak about teaching and sign his new memoir May 24 at CSUB.

Adams' book, "Full Classrooms, Empty Selves," is about his experiences teaching government and macroeconomics in the Kern High School District the past 14 years. During that time, he went from optimistic to realistic, as it became apparent he was not going to be "that one teacher that made a difference" for every student, he said.

Adams graduated from BHS in 1994. He teaches political science courses as an adjunct professor at CSUB.

One of his well-known accomplishments at BHS is founding the Earl Warren Cup in 2006, an annual competition that quizzes students on government and civics trivia.

Adams will represent Kern County in the California Teacher of the Year competition this year.

The CSUB School of Social Sciences and Education and Department of Political Science will present the reading and book signing with Adams from 7 to 8 p.m. in the CSUB student union multipurpose room. The event is free and open to the public, and so is parking in lots K and L. More information:

A Foothill High School teacher and his students are in the running for $10,000 worth of graphing calculators after being named finalists in a science project competition.

Math teacher Tony Alteparmakian and his students were one of nine finalists in the TI-Nspire STEM Project Challenge hosted by Texas Instruments, a program that challenges students to develop and create a project that applies science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, learning to the real world. Alteparmakian's project was focused on exploring alternative energy, including wind and solar, as it applied to his school.

Projects were judged by a panel of professionals in STEM-related careers. The winner, which will be announced Friday, will get a full classroom set of TI-Nspire technology.

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-- Jorge Barrientos, Californian staff

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