Scenes From 28th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Awards Ceremony

Scene from the 28th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Awards Ceremony this morning at the Los Alamos Church of Christ at 2323 Diamond Dr. More than 30 awards and recognitions were presented to high school students at the event. Also, more than $18,000 in scholarships was awarded along with some $5,000 in cash given to participants during an action-packed computer random drawing. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos High School student Lillian Petersen receives the Community Impact Award for her project, Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery from presenters Kaley Goatcher, left, from Trans Core and Shawn Cooper from NMSU. Petersen was a big winner for Los Alamos receiving the 1st place Community Impact Award, an overall second place for her project, a $500 scholarship and the Technical Poster Award. Also receiving recognition was Elijak Pelofske of Los Alamos who received a Sandia Creativity and Innovation Award, an overall third place award and a $250 scholarshipPhoto by John McHale/

New Mexico Secretary of Education Christopher Ruszkowski presents the Southwest Ecosystems Award. He also announced that some computing classes taken in middle school may apply toward high school graduation. Photo by John McHale/

LAHS student Lillian Petersen with her awards. Photo by John McHale/

A quilt reflects past Supercomputing Challenge events. Photo by John McHale/