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State Competition Winners


Cash awards were provided by a grant from Sandia National Labs.

Senior Division 
First Place: Daniel Kim & Andres Iturregui, Los Alamos HS [abstract
Second Place: Aditya Kousil, La Cueva HS
Third Place: McKenna Collins, San Juan College HS
Honorable Mention: Chloe Rychener, Grants HS

Junior Division 
First Place: Tate Plohr, Los Alamos MS
Second Place: Anna Simakov & Liv Niklasson, Los Alamos MS
Third Place: Ahana K. Koushik, AIMS MS


Senior division
First Place:  Aditiya Koushik, La Cueva High School (Albuquerque)
Second Place:  Karin Ebey, Los Alamos High School
Third Place:  McKenna Collins, AIMS High School (Albuquerque)
Fourth Place:  Gabriel Gurule, AIMS High School (Albuquerque)

For a complete list of State Competition NMJAS winners as well as AVS Science & Technology Society winners between 2003 and 2022 click here.


First Place Winners and their Abstracts

Student published papers

State competition winners are eligible to be published in the New Mexico Journal of Science of that year. The following winners have had their paper published.

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