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NMSU students win big at AITP Competition

Four New Mexico State University students won honors at a recent regional competition of the Association of Information Technology Professionals in Abilene, Texas.

New Mexico State University students Stephanie Serna, Rebecca Rodriguez, Felipe Scobell and Peyton Colburn won awards at a regional AITP Competition in Abilene, Texas.

Colburn, 21, Rebecca Rodriguez, 22, Stephanie Serna, 24, and Felipe Scobell, 26, competed with students from more than 15 universities and won four awards at the regional competition of the AITP.
"It is very motivating to be able to compete against other top students and to know that your skills are comparable to those of other students from other quality institutions across the region," Rodriguez, a 2001 graduate of Las Cruces High School, said.

Rodriguez, an information systems and Spanish major, and Colburn, an information systems major and member of the NMSU cycling team and Christian Challenge, partnered to win two first-place awards in database design and Java, a programming language used to develop computer applications.

"It's great to be recognized for the work you hope to do professionally," Colburn, a 2002 graduate of Mayfield High School, said.

Rodriguez, who serves on the Board of Directors of Maize Blossom, Inc., a non-profit community agency that works to help educate students with tutoring services, won a third time when she and Serna, also an information system major, received a second-place award in desktop publishing.

Scobell, an MBA student, and Serna rounded out the group with a third-place win in Web application development.

"If we had the funds to send more students to these competitions, NMSU would place in more events than all the other universities combined," said Travis Melham, former NMSU AITP president.
The four students received a total of $1,500 in monetary awards.

AITP strives to give opportunities for information technology leadership and education through partnerships with industry, government and academia.