New Mexico sixth grader competes in national chemistry competition

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico was well represented in Washington, D.C. for the “National You Be the Chemist Challenge.”

Sixth grader Kylette Garcia from Grants was just one of dozens of students from all over the country who competed Monday.

The students had to answer timed, multiple choice chemistry questions on stage.

Garcia says she was not very interested in competing at first, but is now encouraging others to get involved.

“Just do it if you really want to. It’s very exciting and you’ll do very well if you really try,” Garcia said.

Garcia had to win regional and state competitions to advance to nationals. Unfortunately, she did not advance to the final rounds. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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