A group of students pose for a picture while holding prize checks and a trophy

Roswell’s New Mexico Military Institute team emerged as the first-ever southeastern New Mexico DOE Regional Science Bowl champion. Salado Isolation Mining Contractors President and Program Manager Ken Harrawood, far left, and EM Carlsbad Field Office Manager Mark Bollinger, far right, presented trophies and gift certificates to the students and coach.

CARLSBAD, N.M. — The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently held its first-ever DOE Regional Science Bowl, joining what has become a yearly tradition across the complex for EM sites such as Savannah River, Portsmouth and Paducah.

Salado Isolation Mining Contractors (SIMCO), WIPP’s management and operations contractor, organized and sponsored the event. SIMCO Education Outreach Lead Joy James-Foster led a local community effort that brought together regional high schools, students, a local college and dozens of WIPP volunteers.

After hours of an intense Saturday competition, only one team remained and won the inaugural southeastern New Mexico Regional Science Bowl. Roswell’s New Mexico Military Institute team was crowned the regional champion and will represent southeastern New Mexico at the upcoming National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

A group of high school students competing in a science bowl sit at a table

EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) held its first-ever DOE Regional Science Bowl last month, featuring seven teams competing for a spot at the National Science Bowl. Salado Isolation Mining Contractors, WIPP’s management and operations contractor, organized and sponsored the event, hosted by Southeast New Mexico College in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Hosted at Southeast New Mexico College, this year’s Regional Science Bowl consisted of seven teams, facing off for the chance to show off their knowledge at one of the most prestigious national academic science competitions. Participating schools included Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad Early College, New Mexico Military Institute and Hobbs High School.

The New Mexico Military Institute team, made up of two sophomores, a junior and senior, were able to hold off the other teams to claim victory. While demonstrating exceptional knowledge in the fields of math and science, the team took the No. 1 title, securing its spot at the national competition set for April 25-29.

-Contributor: Bobby St. John