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Oñate High School receives $257K grant for STEM program

A check for more than $257,000 is presented at Oñate High School.
A check for more than $257,000 is presented at Oñate High School.

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- Educators at Oñate High School in Las Cruces now have more than a quarter of a million dollars for STEM education.

"The sky is the limit as far as this goes, so it's a fantastic opportunity," said Col. Dave Trybula, Commander of White Sands Missile Range.

The federal money is part of a grant from the Department of Defense, according to Las Cruces Public Schools. The Dallas-based Math and Science initiative has distributed the money to more than 1,300 high schools, including El Dorado and Andress high schools in El Paso.

"It's an investment in a foundation that already exists in math, science and engineering that gives students and teachers opportunities to really do more and get to a higher level," Col. Trybula said.

Oñate High was selected based on the number of students at the school whose parents are in the military.

"I'm just very excited to continue to build partnerships throughout the community," said Dr. Karen Trujillo, the interim superintendent for Las Cruces Public Schools. "Just continuing to build on those relationships that will be the keys to success for all of our students."

Kate Bieri

Kate Bieri is ABC-7’s New Mexico Mobile Newsroom reporter and co-anchors ABC-7’s weekend evening newscasts.


1 Comment

  1. I can definitely understand a research college receiving such aid. But forgive me for asking but why would a high school get this type of funding? High school students actually doing research on stem cells? That is a new one on me. If this program has potential for such research so be it. It just does not match prior grants for high school. Hmmmm?

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