2021 Los Alamos County Science Fair Results Announced

William Borovina, an 8th grader at Los Alamos Middle School, was awarded 1st place in the Animal Science Junior Division as well as Best in Show Life Science Junior division for his project on a comparison of hardness between collected fossil shark teeth and modern shark teeth. Photo Courtesy LAPS


Fifty-nine students participated in the 2021 Los Alamos County Science Fair this past weekend, with six projects being named best of show in the elementary, junior and senior categories.  Every student participant is considered to be a winner. 

“We were able to host the Science Fair while sticking to the current COVID restrictions ” said County Science Fair Director Eva Abeyta. She was assisted by Pamela Miller in planning this year’s event.

Head judges David Coblentz, Cathy Snelson, and Karen Borovina used an online platform for a virtual science fair to judge the projects virtually. Students and parents were able to attend the awards ceremony on Saturday using Google Meet. Members of the Science Fair committee included Pamela Miller, Aspen Elementary; Stephanie Martinez, Barranca Elementary; Cindy Richard, Chamisa Elementary; Mary Alice Hawkins, Mountain Elementary; Sara Snowball, Piñon Elementary; Adrienne Hetrick, Los Alamos Middle School; Erin Manzanares, Los Alamos Online Learning Academy; and Stephanie Meyer, Los Alamos High School.

Students awarded first, second and third place as well as honorable mention in the Junior and Senior Division are eligible for the 2021 Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science Fair hosted by New Mexico Highlands University. The virtual event is scheduled for March 27.

Receiving awards were:

Best of Show


Life Science: Aven Heavner, Barranca Elementary

Physical Science: Haley Bishofberger, Barranca Elementary


Life Science: William Borovina, LAMS

Physical Science: Hyunoo Kim, LAMS


Life Science: Karin Ebey, LAHS

Physical Science: Robert Strauss, LAHS

Elementary Awards

Life Science

1st – Aven Heavner, Barranca Elementary

2nd – Ana Saenz, Chamisa Elementary

3rd – Gianna Rolfe, Aspen Elementary

Honorable Mention – Semih Zeytun, Mountain Elementary

Physical Science

1st – Haley Bishofberger, Barranca Elementary

2nd – Arwen Moore, Mountain Elementary

3rd – Carmen Cawkwell, Barranca Elementary

Honorable Mention – Rebekah Scott, Aspen Elementary

Honorable Mention – Oliver Mosby, Barranca Elementary

Junior Awards

Animal Science

1st – William Borovina, LAMS

2nd – Sarah Sullivan, Barranca Elementary

3rd – Erica Heidlage, Barranca Elementary

Behavioral & Social Science

1st – Matthea Fung, LAMS

2nd – Avery Olsen, Barranca Elementary

3rd – Erin Bordnax, LAOLA


1st – Wilson White, LAMS

2nd – Diego Pacheco, Barranca Elementary

3rd – Sumner Tholen, Barranca Elementary

Computer Science

1st – Hyunoo Kim, LAMS

Honorable Mention – Jens Wald Hopkins, Piñon Elementary

Earth & Planetary Science

1st – Aditya Viswanathan, Barranca Elementary

2nd – Gerrianna Romero, Piñon Elementary

Energy & Transportation

1st – Zoe Bent, LAMS

Honorable Mention – Emmitt Tibbitts, LAOLA

Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical

1st – Aislinn Marshall, Mountain Elementary

2nd – Brayden Allen, LAMS

Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering

Honorable Mention – John Pulsipher, LAOLA

Environmental Sciences

1st – Malaika Philip, LAMS

2nd – Penelope Barry-Hoffman, LAMS

3rd – Ciara Colgan, Barranca Elementary

Mathematical Sciences

3rd – Kieran Gattiker, LAMS

Medicine & Health Sciences

 1st – Angus Smith, Mountain Elementary

2nd – Izzabel Stone, Barranca Elementary

Physics & Astronomy

1st – Lilia Viteva, Mountain Elementary

2nd – Tate Plohr, Mountain Elementary

3rd – McKenzie Gerlicher, Mountain Elementary

Honorable Mention – Annie White, LAMS

Plant Science

1st – Amelia Hill, Aspen Elementary

Senior Awards

Animal Science

1st – Karin Ebey, LAHS

Honorable Mention – Julian Singell & Veronica Parra, TFA


1st – Aaron Philip, LAHS

Computer Science

1st – Robert Strauss, LAHS

Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical

1st – Andres Iturregui & Daniel Kim, TFA

Physics & Astronomy

1st – Anthony Lestone & Phillip Ionkov, LAHS

For a complete list of award winners and their projects, click here.

Photo caption: William Borovina, an 8th grader at LAMS, was awarded 1st place Animal Science Junior division as well as Best in Show Life Science Junior division for his project on a comparison of hardness between collected Fossil shark teeth and Modern shark teeth.