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Hilltopper scientists head to state fair

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By The Staff

When you hear the words, Los Alamos travels to State, one generally thinks sports, but this weekend 15 students will be thinking science. The winners from the regional science held in March in Las Vegas, N.M., now advance to the state level Friday and Saturday at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.The 52nd annual regional event held at NMHU is a time-honored tradition and coordinator Dawn Brown said she is proud of her students. “Seeing students from throughout northern New Mexico present themselves in such a positive and energetic manner was really fulfilling,” she said. “The quality of the projects reflected the quality of the youth in our region.”Los Alamos was well represented at the regional fair, with every school in the district holding regional qualifiers. The work resulted in 46 students with 43 individual projects and one team project on display.The big winners were Los Alamos High School students, Caroline Wurden for Best in Show and first place in the senior physics catagory and Alex Kendrick with first place in the senior engineering category, and he also placed as an alternate and student observer for the International Fair.“They automatically qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta, May 11-16,” Brown said.Kendrick won second place awards from the American Vacuum Society, and the ASM Materials Educational Foundation. Wurden won first place for the American Vacuum Society, the Los Alamos Chapter of ASM International, the United States Army and the Yale Science and Engineering Association.