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Four local schools to compete at state Science Olympiad

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Sierra Middle School students are competing this year for the first time in the Science Olympiads. Having placed sixth in regional competition, they will participate at New Mexico Tech in the state tournament Saturday. From left are Mikayla Hogan, Alia Gray, Emma Walls, Arlet Gleason, Courtney Alvarez, Anika Manzanares, Joseph Sandy, Donald Nguyen, Enrique Cisneros, Colby Prince, Abraham Pacheco and Benjamin Macias. Not in the photo are Naisa Ramirez, Jaythan Irish-Moody, Xachary Hernandez and Amelia Herrera. (Submitted Photo)

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Teams from four local schools performed well enough in regional Science Olympiad competitions earlier this month to advance to the state tournament this Saturday.

For the first year, Sierra Middle School will send a team to the state event, to be held at New Mexico Tech in Socorro. A student team placed sixth among 13 teams from 10 different schools during the southeast regional competition held Feb. 3 at New Mexico Military Institute.

“We are really hoping that they get an interest in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields,” said Sierra teacher and coach Kathleen Arias, explaining that it can teach students about areas of science and math that they might not otherwise be exposed to in middle school and that it could encourage their participation on high school teams.

“They are getting a good experience and hopefully it will spark an interest in a career for their life,” said Sierra science teacher Eric Cannon.

Arias and Cannon added that their team’s preparation has involved coaching from teachers throughout the school as well as science experts from the community.

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The other middle schools teams from Roswell qualifying are from Sidney Gutierrez, with its top team placing first in the middle school category, and Gateway Christian School, with its top team placing third.

In the high school category, New Mexico Military Institute will advance to the state level after its teams placed first and fifth among 11 teams from seven schools.

The Science Olympiad contests give students the opportunity to test their knowledge and science skills through written exams, verbal quizzes and practical demonstrations of engineering, design, lab and writing skills.

This year, teams can compete in more than 20 events on subjects ranging from anatomy to forensics to thermodynamics.

The Science Olympiad National Tournament will occur in May at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.