May 1 Winners In LAPS Superintendent’s Challenge

Taterex and Linusaurus‘Message from Taterex and Linusauraus’ by Mountain Elementary School students Tate and Linus Plohr/Photo Courtesy LAPS

Cathedral photo‘Cathedral’ submitted by Mountain Elementary School 5th grader Liv Niklasson. Photo Courtesy LAPS


The second group of winners in the Superintendent’s Project Challenge have been announced by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. For round two, there were 77 entries.

“It’s great to see the variety of projects being submitted,” said LAPSF Executive Director Jennifer McCumber. “I think students are enjoying the challenge and sharing their talents and creativity with the community.”

This round’s winners are:

Category 1 (Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grade)

Evelyn Fobes, 1st grade, Mountain Elementary, “Covid-19 Cinquain Poem Project”

Maria Stergiou, kindergarten, Mountain Elementary, “Dada’s Missing Wallet – Art, Music and Story”

Category 2 (Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grade)

Anabel Irving 6th grade, Aspen Elementary, “The Toilet Paper Apocalypse!!!”

Liv Niklasson, 5th grade, Mountain Elementary, “Cathedral”

Carson Stauffer, 5th grade, Piñon Elementary, “Watermelon Man Compilation”

 Category 3 (Middle School)

Asher Knight, 7th grade, “Treasure Hunt to get to know parts of Los Alamos”

 Category 4 (High School)

Orion Henderson, 10th grade, “Improvised Swimming During the Coronavirus”

Isabella Manzanares, 10th grade, “Forest Green”

Karin Ebey, 11th grade, “Float – Musical Composition with audio and score”

 Category 5 (Group)

Emily, (8th grade) and Brooklynn (12th grade) Scott, “Emily’s New Groove”

Tate (5th grade) and Linus (3rd grade) Plohr, Mountain Elementary, “Message from Taterex and Linusauraus”

For the second round, Evan Allen, a 4th grader at Barranca Elementary, was awarded a special $50 prize for a project related to history. His entry is entitled “The Notorious RBG – Historical Person Project (with a blooper reel). 

Winners in the Elementary categories will receive $50 each and the winners from the middle school and high school will each receive $100. The group category is awarded $200. The next group of winners will be selected on May 15

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The Superintendent’s Project Challenge is an opportunity for LAPS students to submit projects online that have been created during the school closure and represent innovative learning. A category for Pre-kindergarten entries has been added. For more information go to