Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) was thrilled to welcome Ms. Talie Cloud of Sanger High School to Washington, D.C. as she participated in this years White House Science Fair.
- Yesterday, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the White House hosted its sixth White House Science Fair, welcoming more than 100 top science, technology, engineering, and math students from across the country to show America how they will change the future of our nation.
Students showcased their greatest work with projects ranging from robots, prototypes, to tools to help us fight climate change and cancer. Each project was researched, built, and designed by the next generation of America's scientists.
Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) was thrilled to welcome Ms. Talie Cloud of Sanger High School to Washington, D.C. as she participated in this years White House Science Fair. Congressman Valadao stated, "It is always a pleasure to be able to meet young Americans who are truly going to shape our future, especially those from the Central Valley.” He continued, “I am proud to join with Talie’s family, friends, and the entire City of Sanger in congratulating her on this impressive achievement.”
Talie conducted a project to see whether Momordica charantia (bitter melon seed) could be used as an organic insecticide for managing populations of fruit flies and other agricultural pests. After examining the effects of bitter melon seed on the reproductive rate of Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) after four generations of exposure, Talie concluded that, since the bitter melon concentration within the Drosophila medium increased and the reproductive rate after four generations significantly decreased when compared to the control, Momordica charantia could be a cost-efficient and effective agricultural insecticide that acts upon the reproduction of the pest. For her findings, Talie was named a National Winner at the FFA Agriscience Fair.
In addition to meeting with the Congressman, Rep. Valadao introduced Talie to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.