Taos students score big in Supercomputing Challenge


Taos High School students did well at the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Expo April 23-24.

Five Taos High teams competed against more than 55 other teams. Ten of the teams were finalists, and two of those were from Taos.

Rowan Kinney and Eben Bellas were a finalist team and won $50 each. Delaney Galligan and Sierra Ferguson were also a finalist team and won $50 each.

Rowan and Eben also won the New Mexico Water-Climate Change Award and $100 each. Rowan Kinney received a $750 scholarship. Galligan and Ferguson also won the research award and $100 each.

Cyrus O'Hern, Ryan Cox, Sawyer Solfest and Skylar Spriggs received the Science Rocks award and won $50 each

Geneva Tafoya won $200 for her graphic design that was picked to be next year's logo for the challenge.

The challenge awarded more than $18,000 in scholarships and awards and Taos High students received more than $1,750.

THS also received the $100 Magellan award, most likely due to the adversities our students faced because three of our teams were science fair projects that were canceled midyear due to the termination of science sponsor Laura Tenorio. Students were still able to compete in the Supercomputing Challenge with their unfinished projects because they each created computer models based on their data.

For more information visit the website at supercomputingchallenge.org/17-18/.