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GATE Showcase Reveals Students' Talents

on May 12, 2017 - 4:30pm

During the Gifted and Talented Education showcase Wednesday, Los Alamos Middle School student Kyle Kenamond presented a song that he wrote, recorded and performed. The song featured percussion, keyboard and guitar-all of which Kenamond played himself. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Middle School student Takauma Shiina plays an animation movie he and fellow student May Vo created in the software program, Keynote. The movie is based on the book, Chains, that they read in language arts class. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

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​Students in the Los Alamos Middle School's Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program revealed the individual resarch projects they worked on all school year during the GATE showcase Wednesday afternoon. For the showcse, students could pick any topic they wanted; the projects ranged from medieval dress to antibiotics. The GATE program currently has 80 middle school students enrolled in it and approximately 60 projects were displayed during the showcase.

Los Alamos Middle School student Ryan Aldaz presented a slide show of his  participation in Love Week, a program that his church, the Lighthouse in Chimayo, held. Aldaz performed community services throughout Espanola. These services included visiting the police and fire department as well as a nursing home. Additionally, participants helped with cleanup work at Espanala Valley High School, created care packages and helped pay for customers' laundry at a local laundry mat. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Middle School student Ella Hailey displays a quilt she made. Hailey said it is the first quilt she has made. She learned quilting from her grandmother. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Middle School student Satchel Smith's project focused on the cello. He explained he started playing the instrument in fourth grade. He currently plays in the middle school orchestra. Here, his friend and fellow cellist Grace Xie plays a piece on Smith's cello. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

From left: Los Alamos Middle School students Maddie Baker and Leah Marr-Lyon show off the books they created for their projects. Baker created a photo album of Dance Arts Los Alamos' 'Nutcracker on the Hill'. Some of her photos captured the behind scenes of the production including makeup and stage sets. She said watching the show, it seems like it was easy to put on but actually requires a lot of work. Marr-Lyon made a scrapbook about keeping rats as pets. The scrapbook documented her own pet rats,  Kiwi, Sky, Olive and Ivy. Unfortunately, Sky died from pneumonia but Marr-Lyon said she has owned pet rats for more than a year. Through her scrapbook, she said she is 'trying to teach people that rats are not disgusting sewer animals'. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/