PEOPLE of GOD
John Robledo Our Local Celebrity
Pictured here from left to right: Sr. Anne Louise Abascal, MPF, principal, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School; John Robledo, Mrs. Danielle Herrera, and Aubrey Dunn, State Land Commissioner.
In February, St. Thomas Aquinas fourth grader, John Robledo was featured on KRQE News 13 for his winning bookmark he created as part of the State Land Office’s annual program to design a bookmark. Elementary school entrants were asked to create bookmarks illustrating concepts of oil, gas/minerals, forest and watershed, recreation, agriculture or wind/ solar energy. John was surprised at his win out of several competing elementary students throughout the community, especially since he said it was a “last minute drawing.” John won a Kindle Fire and his class was awarded a pizza party. State Land Commissioner, Aubrey Dunn presented John with his award. John’s winning bookmark will be published and distributed at the NM State Fair in September.
Santo Niño Regional Catholic School Competes in Northeastern Regional Science & Engineering Fair In March, families, teachers, judges, and curious spectators gathered at Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM for the annual Northeastern Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Hearts palpitated as last minute fixes were carefully made to
MATHCOUNTS Continued from page 20
We first entered the competition seven years ago and our team continues to improve each year. A team of four students represent the school, and an additional six students compete as individual performers. The competition is broken up into three parts. The sprint round consists of 30 problems in which students are allotted 40 minutes to complete. Next is the target round. Here students are given problems in sets of two and have six minutes to complete each set. There are four sets in this round. Finally, in the team round, students work in teams of four collaboratively to complete 10 problems in 20 minutes. This year marks the fourth time our school team has placed in the top half of competing schools throughout the state, which is required to earn a trip to the state competition. Over the years,
their displays. Five sixth graders from Santo Niño Regional Catholic School were among those competing. They spent 12 hours setting up displays, being interviewed by judges, and anxiously awaiting the results of their hard work and skill.
we have had 16 different students participate at the state level as either a part of the school team, or as individual performers based on their scores in this competition. Students from 6th, 7th and 8th grades are selected based on their classroom achievement for the MathCounts program. The students meet weekly beginning in early November to prepare for the contest which is in mid-February. Each week we work a series of problems and discuss various strategies for solving each. The problems are designed to provide students with a large variety of challenges and prepare them for the MATHCOUNTS competition. We do a couple of school competitions in order for me to determine the best students to represent the school and allow students to become comfortable with the competition format.
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