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Students Showcased Geospatial Mapping Designs at State Conference

ELK GROVE, Calif. – June 4, 2019 – The Elk Grove Unified School District is proud to announce that four teams of James Rutter Middle School students received high ranking awards and was the only school invited to accept the awards in person at the California Geographic Alliance’s third annual “My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition.” The students showcased their geospatial mapping knowledge with geographic information systems industry professionals during the annual conference.


Elated by the top recognitions and professionalism of her students, school principal Sonia Rambo expressed her joy in saying, “Witnessing my students proposing new ideas in the world of Geographic Information System was inspiring. Not only did they showcase their work with industry professionals, they made proposals and presentations to panelists with the utmost professionalism. I look forward to watching them excel through their educational and professional careers.”


Students worked independently or with a teammate to create a project on a topic of their choosing. Each team was required to consider California history and landscape as well as factors such as pollution impact, food access and digital literacy. A panel of expert judges selected five state finalists in each of the two categories: middle and high school. One project from each category also advanced to the national competition that was held on June 3, 2019.



Project Title

Student Name(s)


1st Place

Tubbs Fire

Xavier Munoz and Isaiah Thao

2nd Place

Deer Creek Hills and the Gold Rush

Stanley Vang and Akire Xiong

3rd Place

Digital Literacy in Sacramento County

Nathalia Magdaleno and Viet Truong

5th Place

Camp Fire

Jose Coronado

Honorable Mention

Changes in High School Football Participation

Sachpreet Singh and Kyle Nguyen


Related Links

James Rutter Middle School Roadrunners Impress Industry Professionals at Mapping Conference

Announcing the Winners of 2019 My California Student Mapping Competition

Elk Grove students get national recognition for learning map-making skill


About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.


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