Houston Junior High and Hobbs High School each had first-place winning students at the weekend State Science Olympiad contest in Socorro. And while the Freshman High School did not have an individual first-place winner, an overall strong performance by its team resulted in the highest placing of all Hobbs schools at the contest. In addition, the Freshman High School’s fifth-place finish was its best showing ever at the state competition.
Students who attend all four secondary schools spent hours of after-school and weekend time on projects and studies for a variety of contests staged at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro.
The result of that work was a first-place finish in the Anatomy and Physiology contest for
HHS student RushiMankad and first-place medals for his classmates, Jordan Said and Hailey Roberts competing in the Water Quality division. In the meantime, Houston 7th
-grader Amy Vejil won two first-place medals in the junior high division. She was joined on the winner’s stand by partners William Downey and Blake Moore in the Experimental Design contest and Emily Weiss in the Food Science category.
While the FHS had the highest team finish, HHS was also a strong competitor in the high school division finishing 11th
out of 25 schools. Houston finished in sixth place in the junior high school category and Highland was 17th
. The following students won awards from each school: HFHS
– Kenneth Hafer and Kayelynn McBeth, second place, Anatomy and Physiology; Rachel Johnson, Nikki Cantu and Michaela Nunnally, second place, Experimental Design; Rachel Johnson and Whitney Marsh, second place, Helicopters; Nikki Cantu and Edward Levin, second place, Robot Arm; Rachel Johnson and Whitney Marsh, second place, Write It, Do It; Brady
Spears and Kenneth Hafer, third place, Gravity Vehicle; Madeline Woody and Michaela Nunnally, third place, Water Quality; Madeline Woody and Kenneth Hafer, third place, Remote Sensing; Brady Spears and Rachel Johnson, third place; Sounds of Music; Rachel Johnson and Trace Miller, fifth place, Disease Detectives; Kenneth Hafer and Nikki Cantu, fifth place, Technical Problem Solving; Madeline Woody and Michaela Nunnally, sixth place, Dynamic Planet; Nikki Cantu and Whitney Marsh, seventh place, Towers; Madeline Woody, Breanna Ellison and Brady Spears, eighth place, Protein Modeling. HHS
– RushiMankad, first place, Anatomy and Physiology; Jordan Said and Hailey Roberts, first place, Water Quality; Jordan Said and Jordan Benge, fourth place; Protein Modeling; Elva Arroyo and Yesenia Estrada, sixth place, Helicopters; RushiMankad and Tanner Sroufe, sixth place, Write It, Do It; Gregg Brooks and Ashley Flores, seventh place, Forensics; Courtney Hall, Yesenia Estrada and Elva Arroyo, tenth place, Experimental Design. Houston
– William Downey, Blake Moore and Amy Vejil, first, Experimental Design; Amy
Vejil and Emily Weiss, first, Food Science; William Downey and Collin Goodwin, third place, Rocks and Minerals; Ashton Ebert and JaceBranaham, fourth place, Computer This; Steven Teague and Samuel Hafer, sixth place, Mission Impossible; Amy Vejil and Gabby Contreras, seventh, Microbe Mission; Abigail Woody and Emily Weiss, seventh, Mousetrap Vehicle; Payton O’Brain and Blake Moore, seventh place, Road Scholar; Ashton Ebert and Josh Santos, eighth, Anatomy; Amy Vejil and Emily Weiss, ninth, Write It, Do It. Highland – Alex Flores and Cheyenne Jenkins, fourth place, Disease Detectives; Michael Hicks, Shyanne Ussery and Kylie Hobbs, 10th, Experimental Design; Adrian Enriquez and Shyanne Ussery, 10th, Microbe Mission; Josiah Armstrong and Cheyenne Jenkins, 10th, Storm the Castle.