Check out some of the interesting things homeschoolers are doing.
Articles featuring homeschoolers from Austin and from the Woodlands
(Houston) – 2 brothers/2 different articles in the same issue.
“Meet the baker, 15
Zach Pringle supplies local stores with brownies, scones and
more from his commercial kitchen trailer
Zach is the baker/general manager for The Monkey’s Lunch Box, a small
wholesale company that supplies brownies, banana bread, scones, pumpkin
bread and cinnamon rolls to both Whole Foods Markets in Austin.
He cooks in an unassuming mobile home converted to a commercial kitchen
about 10 miles from Bastrop and Smithville. He patiently makes scones of
various flavors, measuring out flour, sugar, cream, chocolate chips and
dried cherries with a veteran’s rhythm.
The Pringles are part of a home-school community that included Martin
Ruiz, founder of The Monkey’s Lunch Box, who used to sell at the Austin
Farmers Market. Zach hung around Ruiz often. “He was a natural,” Ruiz
says. “I knew he was interested in baking and that I would need some
help at some point. I brought him in and showed him the recipes. I was
making maybe 25 different things. He picked it up pretty quickly.”
Eighth grader recognized in C-SPAN video contest
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An eighth grader from
Ryan Wham, who is home schooled, was recently recognized by C-SPAN for
his documentary on the Florida Everglades. His film, “Saving the
Everglades?” , received honorable mention recognition.
The award, which was accompanied by a $250 prize, was part of C-SPAN’s
StudentCam competition. StudentCam is a yearly film competition for
middle and high school students, in which they’re asked to pick an issue
and create a documentary about it, covering all sides of the issue.
spent about a week in filming footage for his documentary.
When he returned, he spent about two more weeks editing the footage. He
used his laptop and Adobe Premiere Pro to edit the digital footage and
narrated the film himself.
“I’ve always enjoyed making films,” said. “I’ve done a couple of
His work, some of which he entered in film festivals, includes a joint
project with his brother on and a film about .
To view Wham’s film and the other winning documentaries, go to
Students win big at International Science Fair
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Kimberly Potter, a student at Oak Ridge High School, and Michael Wham, a
resident of who is home schooled, won thousands of dollars
in scholarships. Both students are juniors.
won an $8,000 scholarship from the ‘s Office of Naval
Research for his project on the red-cockaded woodpecker, a threatened
species whose habitat includes the W.G. Jones State Forest. He also won
four separate $1,000 scholarships at ISEF.
Wham’s project dealt with the calls of the red-cockaded woodpeckers. He
made numerous trips into Jones Forest, located off FM 1488, and
videotaped the woodpeckers at an active nesting tree. He also recorded
the sounds the birds made.
“Basically the purpose of the project was to correlate their behavior
with the vocalizations they make,” said.
After recording the birds for several months, he shot 52 hours of video
and started analyzing the birds’ calls using spectrograms. With each
graphical representation of the sound, he measured their size and
frequency, as well as how many notes each call included. He entered that
information into a spreadsheet and, after doing a statistical analysis,
created a computer program that could recognize what type of call the