2019 TAME Valley STEM Competition Results



(Edinburg, TX) – The 2019 TAME Valley STEM Competition was hosted by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Saturday February 23, 2019. The free event brought together more than 100 student competitors from across the region. 

Texas students from grades 6-12 competed in individual math and science tests and as part of a team to solve an Engineering Design Challenge. Participants were sworn to secrecy about the Challenge – at least until March 3rd, when students across the state had their chance to try their skills solving the same problem. This year's challenge was developed by engineers from ConocoPhillips.

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing Texas students to join a strong and diverse STEM workforce. TAME programs encourage students to build skills and explore STEM concepts through hands-on activities, TAME Clubs, and statewide and divisional STEM Competitions.

The top six finishers in each test and the top three teams from the Engineering Design Challenge were recognized. Three teams also received a special Judges' Choice Award for creative problem solving. One student from each grade level was recognized as the Halliburton Ace Award Winner for the highest combined math and science score. 

Thanks to the support of TAME's 2019 Statewide STEM Competition sponsors ConocoPhillips and Halliburton, STEM Competitions across Texas are offered free of charge for all participants. TAME thanks our partners and our many dedicated volunteers for celebrating achievement in STEM and making learning fun and exciting for Texas students.

More information on TAME's STEM Competitions can be found here. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the leadership for the Valley Chapter.

Congratulations to all our hardworking competitors! 



If you're sharing photos of the event, please tag TAME using #LonestarSTEM.

Please consider sharing photos with the TAME State Office. We will feature selected pictures on the TAME Facebook page and with corporate and university partners who have ensured that the competition is offered free of cost to participants. You can email pictures to or upload them to Google Drive here.


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Photo of student participants by Ala Qubbaj from the 2019 Valley Divisional STEM Competition.

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1st Place2nd Place3rd Place4th Place5th Place6th Place
6th GradeDavid PorrasAxel RuizCamila OzunaMaria LabonzateBassam KanaanValeria Martinez
7th GradeEvelyn EscalonRobert CastilloFernando GarciaEstrella CavazosIsrael CantuAmber Gonzalez
8th GradeWilliam MorelyAaron GuerreroNestor SalasAnthony MartinezGabriella SalinasDomingo Luevano
9th GradeAdrian GarciaJose Angel MerlaJackelyne ArenasJoanna VargasChloie MendiolaBrianna Saavedra
10th GradeIsrael Hernandez
12th GradeBryan SaenzDaisy HernandezJasmyn Perez



1st Place2nd Place3rd Place4th Place5th Place6th Place
6th GradeDavid PorrasAlberto GarciaBassam KanaanDerek HernandezValeria MartinezMaria Labanzate
7th GradeIsrael CantuLucia FloresEstrella CavazosAmber GonzalezRobert CastilloEvelyn Escalon
8th GradeAaron GuerreroJouguin OzunaAnthony MartinezNestor SalasWilliam MorleyIsaac Escalon
9th GradeJose Angel MerlaAdrian GarciaJose CantuJackelyne ArenasSheila RobledoCholie Mendiola
10th GradeIsrael Hernandez
12th GradeDaisy HernandezJasmyn PerezBryan Saenz



Combined Score
6th GradeDavid Porras
7th GradeEvelyn Escalon
8th GradeAaron Guerrero
9th GradeAdrian Garcia
10th GradeIsrael Hernandez
12th GradeDaisy Hernandez




1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
Gabriella SainasCholie MendiolaBassam Kanaan
Jean Carlo RuizDiego CamarenaEvelyn Escalon
Joanna VargasIsacc VargasJuan Castillo
Jorge CastilloJoshua SanchezLeslie Saenz
Joshua AlanizLaren OchoaManauri Rodriguez
Seo CortezOscar GalvanNestor Salas

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