The Socorro High School Science Olympiad Team won first place in the southwest regional competition on February 3 at Western New Mexico University in Silver City.

Azza Ezzat, SRHS science teacher at SHS and team coach along with his co-coach Mr. Gorum have a team of 14 students.

“The Science Olympiad competition is an excellence extra curriculum to encourage students to go into the science field,” Ezzat said “The preparation and competition in these collegiate-level, STEM-based challenges expose students to technology that they otherwise would not encounter, and they acquire skills needed to succeed in college and their careers.”

The competition is under the New Mexico Activities Association, and it involves high school students from all over the state completing academic trials and construction events going through regional level and state level next.

“Students are recognized for their academic endeavors, inspiring them to remain on a long-term path in STEM education and profession. They also develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills are introduced to research, develop study skills, and encounter engineering techniques.” Ezzat said.

Their next competition is the 2024 New Mexico State and Regional Science Olympiad held on February 24 at NM Tech campus.

Jessica Carranza Pino, Editor