December 15, 2005

Five local students awarded U.S. Savings Bonds in “It’s the Write Thing to Do” scholastic essay program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Five Albuquerque high school students have been awarded $2,000 U.S. Savings bonds as winners of the 3rd annual “It’s the Write Thing to Do” scholastic essay program, sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories and Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The contest enables students pursuing or planning careers in science, math, and engineering to realize the importance of effective writing skills in science and engineering.

Essays were received from high schools in the Albuquerque area. Scientists and engineers at Sandia judged the contest. The topics were in the areas of hydroponics, optical fibers, and photoelectrical effect.

The awards will be presented in the students’ classrooms before winter break. Presenting the award to the winners in front of their classmates is intended to encourage other students to engage in science, math, and engineering, and to appreciate the importance of good writing skills.

The five U.S. Savings Bond winners are:

Rosendo DeHaven, West Mesa High School

Joel Hartenberger, Sandia High School

Jim Murphy, Sandia High School

Kaycee Schleich, Cibola High School

Arthur Weagel, Cibola High School

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Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Sandia contact: Cheryl Garcia,, (505) 284-5202