AiS Challenge Awards Ceremony Script
9:00-11:00 am, April 27, 2004, Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Good morning! Welcome to the 14th annual New Mexico Adventures in
Supercomputing Challenge Awards Day. We are glad you took the Challenge.
I am your master of ceremonies, Joe Watts, of Actinide and Fuel Cycle
Technologies (NMT-11) here at LANL and on the AiSC
Board of Directors. It is my pleasure to welcome you to Los Alamos
The Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge (AiSC) provides High School
and Junior High students with the opportunity of a lifetime; the chance
to run a program on a High Performance computer at one of the premier
national institutions - Los Alamos National Laboratory. Beyond that,
the AiSC gives young minds obstruction-free interaction with a tremendous
group of dedicated mentors that includes scientists, business leaders,
educators and high-ranking government officials. These mentors care deeply
about young people and their educations, great science, and the creation
of a successful new crop of highly educated New Mexicans.
Dr. William Press, LANL Associate Director, welcomes
the participants and encourages them to continue their educational endeavors
so that they can become scientists. "We're always looking for the kind of
talent that is represented here."
Chris Kemper, CCN-DO, welcomed everyone on behalf
of the Computing, Communications, and Networking Division and showed a few
slides about what the ASCI Q machine has been used for.
Several special guests were presented with posters of thanks for their support:
Ben Lujan, Speaker of the House,
R. Bobby Gonzales, Representative from Taos,
Jeanette Wallace, Representative from Los Alamos, and
Regis Pecos, Chief of Staff for Ben Lujan
Joe: I would like to introduce David Douglas, Meatball Web Design.
The Sponsors web page was put up on the screen
and David Douglas acknowledged all of the Sponsors. See the sponsors.
Gina Fisk announced the names of the finalists
while Joe presented them with a finalist team poster and shook their hands.
Betsy and Celia presented each finalist with a 128 megabyte memory stick as
a reward for their hard work and accomplishment.
Sandia National Laboratories is proud to sponsor the Creativity and
Innovation Award. Creativity and innovation is a vital component of
software engineering and computer science.
I want to share a short quote from Dr. Richard Florida's book "The
Rise of the Creative Class"
Many say that we now live in an "information" economy or a "knowledge"
economy. But what's more fundamentally true is that we now have an economy
powered by human creativity. Creativity-"the ability to create meaningful
new forms," as Webster's dictionary puts it-is now the decisive source
of competitive advantage. In virtually every industry, ..., the winners
in the long run are those who can create and keep creating.
Sandia is honored to present this award to -
"Automated Theorem Proving in the Mathematica Language" to Santa Fe Prep
- Team 68 Dylan Allegretti and Teacher - James Taylor
Joe: We are now going to present the two poster
awards. It gives me great pleasure to introduce Shaun Cooper, from the Aggies, NMSU, etc.
For the best graphic poster, Shaun gives a $100 bill to Manzano High School
Team 45. Team members Sean Gentry, Jamal Osmond, and Matt Tlush. This graphic
will be the basis for the design of the 2004-2005 logo.
Joe presents the best technical poster award which becomes the cover for
this year's finalist reports publication. The winner is Team 8 from Albuquerque
Academy for Plasma: Limits and Stresses Mesh Analysis Code. Josh Langsfeld,
Jim Adolph, Zack LaBry, Ryan McGowan, and Matt Strange. The team receives a
cash gift of $100.
Joe: Now I'd like to welcome Bill Blackler, my colleague on the AiSC
board of directors, to present our Science is Fun award.
Bill: This year's winner of the project which shows that science is not
only mathematics and physics but a whole lot of fun, too, goes to Team 24
from Santa Fe's Desert Academy, The Engineering Beauty of the Trebuchet.
The team members are John Corff, Alex Grunstein, Tory Passalaqua, Aaron
Salmon, Stuart Pollock, John Wheeler, and Jessie Johnson.
Joe: Thank you, Bill. Vance Bass, IBM, will present the IBM Teamwork
Award. The Challenge seeks to prepare students for post secondary studies
and the world of work. Teamwork is valued is both those arenas.
I want to give you a 30-second broad brush overview of how science becomes
technology. I'm going to compress it into a simplified three-step process.
The first step is the insight or inspiration -- the light bulb going on in
your head. This is often an individual occurrence, though it's always based
on the work others have done before.
The next step is verification of the insight, to make sure that it's really
a light bulb going on and not just a random neuron firing. This is by
definition a group process. The scientific method requires that other
scientists be able to independently confirm that your idea is sound.
Science is a cooperative group effort by its nature.
The third step involves taking that basic scientific finding and turning
it into something people can use. That's where science blends into
engineering. You might have noticed that there are no superstar names in
computing. Sure, you may recognize Donald Knuth or Marc Andreesen for
their important insights, but making those insights useful to the world
took tremendous teamwork. Linus Torvalds' name may be on the operating
system, but Linux became reality because thousands of programmers liked
his idea and helped him develop it. Teamwork is essential to making basic
scientific concepts into engineered products we can use.
So, in recognition of the importance of teamwork in our field, the judges
have chosen a team that exemplified the spirit of teamwork to receive the
IBM Teamwork Award. The winners are Kellan Bethke, Sam Boling, William Laub,
teachers are Steven Schum, Manzano, David Dixon, Eldorado, their Mentor is
Tom Laub, Team 48 from Public Academy for the Performing Arts, Manzano, and
Eldorado-APS for their project titled "Who Said That?"
Joe: Thank you, Vance and IBM. Once again, I would like to introduce my bud, Shaun Cooper, this time representing CHECS.
Higher Education Computing has supported the Challenge all our 14 years
and annually presents the Search and Browse award which rewards good
Internet research techniques. The winning team is Team 51 from Melrose
High School. Their project is Murder or Magnetism. The team members
are Kimberlee Smith and Rebecca Strong. Their teacher is Becky Raulie.
Joe: Our next award goes to the best final report in HTML format.
Larry Donahue of Fat Cow sends his regrets that he was unable to
join us today so David Douglas, another of the HTML judges will
present the award.
On behalf of Larry Donahue and Fat Cow, I am pleased to present this award
for a year of free web hosting to each team member and their teacher. The
winning team is Team 43 for Manzano High School. Kyle Fuerschbach and Adam
Davie. There teacher is Steven Schum. Their project is Traffic Waves.
This year's Cray Inc. High Performance Award was given to Team 026 from
Eldorado High School for their project, "Atomistic Modeling of Biomolecular
Interactions." Team members Tom Dimiduk, Jeff Dimiduk, Daniel Appel and
Ryan Shea each recieved personalized plaques and gift certificates totaling
$250.00, redeemable at five New Mexico bookstores. Their teacher, David
Dixon, and their project mentor, Susan R. Atlas, also received plaques.
Team 026 earned the Cray award for demonstrating the greatest care and
concern for high performance in their computer program. They demonstrated
this concern in several ways, including a detailed computational complexity
analysis, a performance-based evaluation of alternative algorithms, and
careful optimizations in the most compute-intensive parts of the program.
Cray Inc. congratulates Team 026 from Eldorado High School.
Joe: The Albuquerque Tribune has been a media partner with the Challenge
for many years. Please welcome Phill Casaus, the Trib editor, who will
present the Tribune Lighthouse Award.
The Tribune Lighthouse Award recognizes the Best Professional Presentation.
The winner is Team 2 from Alamogordo High School for Modeling the Metabolism
of Ethanol to More Accurately Predict Blood Alcohol Content. They are Levi
Blackstone and Matthew Woller. Their teacher is Sharon Dittrich.
Joe: Introduces Ben Lujan to present the Ben Lujan Leadership Award.
This team has set an example for their peers. They are the first team
from their school to enter the Challenge and they made it to the finals.
By recognizing the achievement of these upperclassmen, we anticipate that
other students from their school will follow in their footsteps. We
commend Santa Fe SER Career Academy. Their project is Genetics and the
Likelihood of Disease. Team Members are Sarah Anaya and Mario Larranaga.
Their teacher is Rhonda Ward. Here is a plaque for the trophy cabinet in
the front hall at your school. Congratulations!
Betsy presented the teachers' choice award for "Modeling the
Metabolism of Ethanol to More Accurately Predict Blood Alcohol Content",
Alamorgordo - Team 2, Levi Blackstone and Matthew Woller, Teacher - Sharon
Dittrich and Mentor - Kevin Blackstone
Celia presented the students' choice for "Plasma Limits and Stresses Mesh
Analysis", Albuquerque Academy - Team 8, Jim Adolf, Zach LaBry, Josh
Langsfled, Ryan McGowan, Matt Strange, and Teacher Dr. Jim Mims
A new award this year is for the best use of Star Logo. Irene Lee,
new member of the AiSC board, from Santa Fe Institute and MIT, and James
Taylor from Santa Fe Preparatory School will give this award.
Joe: And now for the recognition of the judges who volunteer to come to
the February regional evaluations and to LANL for the Expo and the
Finalist judging, I would like to call Mike Trahan, Sandia National
Laboratories and Nick Bennet, Grassroots Computing to the stage. Mike? Nick?
Joe: I am pleased to present another new award, New Horizons Computer
Learning Center's AiSC Professional Development Award. On behalf of Lee
Frampton from New Horizons, I am honored to present six teachers with a
free, week-long class at their center in Albuquerque. I would like to
read you part of their award letter:
The AiSC Board of Directors wishes to honor you for all you do as the
sponsor of a Challenge Team(s). In appreciation of your gifts of hard
work, persistence, and time on behalf of your students, and in recognition
of your dedication to improving your own technology skills, we have
arranged a complimentary class at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers,
in Albuquerque, any time this summer.
What you do makes a real difference. We believe that participation in
the New Mexico AiSC is an invaluable experience for your students now
and as preparation for their post-secondary experiences. Without your
guidance, they would not be able to say, "I took the Challenge!"
The six teachers awarded the professional development prize this year
are, in alphabetical order by first name:
Becky Raulie, Melrose High for getting her team to LANL this year;
Debbie Loftin, Rio Rancho Mid-High for bringing the Challenge to a new
school this year;
Dianne Kemp, Yucca Junior High, for finding the funding to bring her
teams from Clovis to Challenge events;
Makoena Simon who mentored her team at Chaparral in Santa Fe and who
has provider good support to Dylan from Santa Fe Prep;
Sue Giovanini, Rio Vista Mid, for supporting two first-year middle school
Vernetta Noble for being the lead teacher for five Shiprock High teams
who completed the Challenge;
Joe: I would like to introduce Judy Prono from LANL. Technical writing
is another skill the Challenge champions. The Society of Technical
Communication reviews the finalist reports and selects a team to honor
for submitting the best written report. Judy?
The Society for Technical Communication is an international
organization of writers, editors, graphic artists, and Web designers. For
the last 11 years, the NM Kachina Chapter of the STC has sponsored an
award for the Best Written Challenge Report. The winning team receives
a $100 gift certificate to purchase books on technical communication for
For the award, editors in the Lab's Communication Arts and Services group
evaluated finalists' reports in terms of their content, readability, and
integration of text and graphics. This year's STC award for Best Written
Report goes to team 96 from the Career Enrichment Center: Robert Cordwell
and teachers Steve Schum and Ken Greenberg.
Joe: And now I am happy to present Jackie Valdez from Los Alamos National
Lab to present the LANL Environmental Modeling Award.
The winner is Team 9, Albuquerque Academy for his project Model Forest
Fire: Fighting It and Its Effects. Punit Shah is the winner of this
award for outstanding Environmental Modeling project.
Joe: I am happy to bring R. Bobbie Gonzales, Jr. back to the stage to present the Governor's Award.
I am pleased to stand in for Governor Richardson who regrets he
cannot be with us today. The Governor's Award goes to Team 48, a trio
team from Manzano High School, Public Academy for Perfoming Arts Charter
School, and Eldorado High School. Please join me in congratulating Kellan
Bethke, Sam Boling, and William Laub. Their teachers are David Dixon and
Steve Schum. Their mentor is Tom Laub from Sandia National Lab. You will
have to let us know how you boys going to divide up this award at three
Joe: Next, I am pleased to present Willard Smith from Tennessee State University and NASA Ames to share with you the scholarship winners for this year!
Erin Ogilvie, Cliff High School, $2,500 scholarship from New Mexico State University;
Eric Martinez, Manzano High School; and Jerrick Morsey, Goddard High School, $2,400 scholarships each to New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology;
Kimberlee Smith and Rebecca Strohm, Melrose High School; and Chance Means, Cliff High School, $1,300 from Eastern New Mexico University;
Leonard Biemer, Farmington High School, $500 scholarship from Mesa Analytics & Computing.
Willard: I would like to call up Dennis Jontz from Jontz Dawe Gulley and
Crown, PC, for a new special scholarship award. This year the scholarship
applicants had to submit their high school transcripts and this new award
goes to a student with outstanding scholarship.
I am pleased to present The Award of Excellence on behalf of Jontz Dawe
Gulley and Crown, PC to Christopher Taylor from Cliff High School.
Here is a check for $250. Congratulations!
Several door prizes were awarded to the participants and the last, and best,
door prize was a $500 scholarship given by CHECS and awarded by John Jenkins,
former Challenge organizer and CHECS member, to Tanya Hohmann from
Bloomfield. The scholarship can be used at any of the CHECS member schools.
Joe: Next I would like to introduce ZiaNet's Marianne Granoff, President
of the AiSC Board of Directors, and Board of Directors for New Mexico
Internet Professionals Association to share with you the honorable mention
teams. My colleague from LANL, Eugene Gavrilov, would you please join
Marianne on the stage.
I would like to acknowledge the AiSC board of directors who all have worked
very hard to keep the Challenge going and to obtain sponsors for many of these
awards. The board members are myself as president, Joe Watts as treasurer,
Dick Allen as secretary, and members Bill Blackler, Celia Einhorn, Betsy
Frederick, David Kratzer, Willard Smith, and Irene Lee, would just joined
the board this afternoon.
Joe: This year the judges decided to award to Runners Up Awards. Eugene Gavrilov
will present the awards to the Runners Up
Here are the Honorable Mention Winners. They are four teams from four schools
across the state were recognized with honorable mentions for their
Bosque School, The Effectiveness of a Cervical Cancer Vaccine team
members Conner Hite, Alison Trimmer, Chloe Williams and Colin Williams;
Monte del Sol Charter School, Teen World, team members Caroline Critchlow
and Sonja Romero;
Alamogordo High School, Modeling the Metabolism of Ethanol to More Accurately
Predict Blood Alcohol Content, team members Levi Blackstone and Matthew Woller;
and Santa Fe High School, A Comparison of Numerical Solutions to the General
Neutron Point Reactor Kinetics Equations, team member Leif Hopkins.
I am pleased to present The Second Runner Up Award to Team 8 from
Albuquerque Academy. Plasma Limits and Stresses Mesh Analysis
Matt Strange, and
Teacher Dr. Jim Mims
First Runner Up Award goes to Team 68 from Santa Fe Prep for
Automated Theorem Proving in the Mathematica Language. Dylan Allegretti,
will you please come to the stage. James Taylor is his Teacher and Mentor.
Joe: Regis Pecos, chief of staff for the speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives
will present second place.
The Second Place Winner of the 14th Annual New Mexico Adventures
in Supercomputing Challenge goes to the project, Who Said That?, Team 48,
the three-school trio from Albuquerque. Kellan Bethke, Sam Boling, and
William Laub please come to the stage to receive your trophy for Second
Place. Congratulations to you, your three schools, and your teachers and
mentors. Eldorado High School will receive a high-end printer that scans,
faxes, and copies. The students will each receive a $500 savings bond.
Joe: Ben Lujan, speaker of the House, will present the first place award.
We come now to the First Place Winners. Each member of this
team will receive a $1000 Savings Bond. Hewlett Packard's representative
at LANL, Steve Shaw, is awarding a laptop to their teacher. And the
winner is, Team 26 from Eldorado High School for their project Atomistic
Modeling of Biomolecular Interactions. Will the team please come to the
Thomas Dimiduk ,
Ryan Shea, and
Teacher - David Dixon,
Mentor - Susan Atlas, UNM
Steve Shaw of HP congratulates
teacher David Dixon who received a Compaq laptop from HP for use in his
Joe: First Place team, please get ready to share with us
a succinct summary of your project.
Joe: We have one more set of awards. Mike Trahan, will you please return to
the stage and present the Judges' Special Recognitions?
Mike: On behalf of this year's judges, I would like to present the Judges Special
Recognition awards to four teams:
Rio Vista Middle School, for Komodo's Return, which was named the Best
Middle School Project;
Cliff High School, for Couch Potato Syndrome, the Slothful Killer, Best
Science Methodology Award;
Shiprock High School, School Wide Recognition Award;
and Bosque School, Research Award.
Now, the first place winners will share with us a short presentation of their projects!
1st Place Team
Joe: Please fill out an evaluation of your stay in Los Alamos and trade it
for a memento from HP, one of our sponsors.
Joe: Thank you for your attention and all your hard work this year. We hope
to see you or your peers here again next year.
Joe: In closing I would like to introduce David Kratzer, from LANL who has
been with the Challenge for all 14 years!
David Kratzer: Yes, the AiS Challenge is a competition, but not like
a demolition derby but more like an eight month marathon, those teams
that have finished have all accomplished a great deal and are all winners.
Even the teams that did not finish have learned from the experience.