Winners of 2019 New Mexico Excellence in STEM Awards Announced


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For Immediate Release:

January 16, 2019                                                        

Winners of 2019 New Mexico Excellence in STEM Awards Announced


ALBUQUERQUE-The Air Force Research Lab Tech Engagement Office is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Excellence in STEM Awards, aka the STEMYS. The awards honor those students, teachers, volunteers and other New Mexicans doing remarkable things in science, technology, engineering and math education.

“This is the second year of the event, and we were blown away by the number and quality of nominations we received,” said Matt Fetrow, Director of the AFRL Tech Engagement Office. “It is inspiring to see how many people and organizations are dedicated to making STEM learning a priority for our state. We hope that by highlighting their good work, others will be encouraged to get involved and more young people will choose STEM related education and career paths.”

 STEMY winners will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Individual winners will receive monetary awards. This year’s winners come from all across New Mexico.

Tickets are now on sale for the ceremony at The keynote speaker will be nationally known math magician Arthur Benjamin.

The STEM fun continues the next day with Super STEM Saturday, a hands-on science experiment and demonstration fair that is free and open to the public. It will take place from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

 2019 STEMY Winners:

Student K-8

Winner:                       Isabella Lundhal (Desert Ridge Middle School, Albuquerque) tie

                                    Grant Staten (Desert Ridge Middle School, Albuquerque) tie

Student 9-12

Winner:                       Sky Harper (Navajo Prep, Farmington)

Honorable Mention:   Jared Cannon (Homeschool, Albuquerque)

Honorable Mention:   Russell "Rusty" Ludwigsen (APS Early College Academy, Albuquerque)

Elementary Teacher

Winner:                       Cecilia Lujan-Pincomb (Monte Vista, Las Cruces)

Honorable Mention:   Christy Snell (E.G. Ross, Albuquerque)

Honorable Mention:   Sherry Meagher (Apache, Albuquerque)

Middle School Teacher

Winner:                       Ashley Stoud (Berrendo, Roswell)

Honorable Mention:   Charles Gallegos (Lynn, Los Cruces)

Honorable Mention:   Cheryl Kerby (Ask Academy, Rio Rancho)

High School Teacher

Winner:                       Alan Daugherty (Melrose)

Honorable Mention:   Mike Kingery (Arrowhead Park Early College HS, Las Cruces)

Honorable Mention:   Nathanial Raynor (Mescalero Apache Schools)

School K-8

Winner:                       St. Mary’s Catholic School (Belen)

School 9-12

Winner:                        Los Alamos High School

Higher Ed Program:

Winner:                        Northern New Mexico College


 Winner:                        Dr. Shelly Gruenig


Winner:                       AAUW Tech Trek NM

Honorable Mention:   Open Source Kids

Honorable Mention    Mesa Pietra Petroglyph Project


Winner:                        Navajo Transitional Energy Company

Lifetime Achievement:          Len Duda 

About the AFRL Tech Engagement Office:

The AFRL Tech Engagement Office handles tech transfer/commercialization and STEM education outreach programs for Air Force Research Lab New Mexico. These programs are administered through agreements with various partners, including New Mexico Tech University and the University of New Mexico. 

Media Contact:

Phone: 505-277-2314