Thursday, April 8, 2010

Socorro High To Have Four Compete In State Science Fair

By John Larson

SOCORRO – Some of the brightest, and youngest, scientific minds in the area will be competing for top honors this Saturday, April 10, in the state Science and Engineering Fair tournament at New Mexico Tech.
Those students who won first, second or third place in the state regional in Las Cruces last month are qualified to enter the state competition.
Socorro High School will be sending four students to the state tournament; Michelle Mora, Nicole Mortensen, Angelina Stanzione and Peter Vogel. Nicole Engler and Nicol Eslick qualified at the regional, but will not be competing in the state tournament.
In the middle school division, Sarracino has eight qualifiers; Camilla Aitbayev, Jennifer Carmona, Heather Dunn, Michael Guin, Alicia Lancaster, Gabriela Perez, and the team of Julie Aster and Charlene Gonzales.
Qualifiers from Cottonwood Valley Charter School include Paco Coursey, Sarah Frail, Anjik Ghosh, Sam Mozley, and the team of Sam Burleigh, Anthony Denton, and Ryan Hanauer.
The public is invited to view the exhibits in the Tech gymnasium from 4 - 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Winners at the state level get to compete in the 2010 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif., May 9 - 15.
In conjunction with the science fair, participants will be treated to a pizza party in Fidel’s third floor ballroom Friday at 5:30 p.m.
The university has hosted the New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair since 1953, the first year for the state competition. Its objectives are to recognize and reward excellence in science, mathematics, and engineering projects carried out by junior high and high school students from throughout the state.

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