Artesia Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Crit Caton, far right, members of the Park Junior High science staff, Park Principal Cody Skinner, eighth from right, Devon Energy Senior Production Superintendent Jerry Matthews, fourth from left, Devon Community Relations Specialist Shannon Johnson, far left, and Devon Energy staff stand midcourt this morning at Park Junior High at a special assembly during which Devon announced to the students the school would be receiving a $35,000 award for excellence in science education, the first-place prize in a grant competition. Eighth-grade science teacher Ashley Mason, sixth from right, completed the grant and says the funds will be put toward LearnPad tablets for all science classes that will give students hands-on access to virtual labs.  Teresa Lemon - Daily Press

Artesia Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Crit Caton, far right, members of the Park Junior High science staff, Park Principal Cody Skinner, eighth from right, Devon Energy Senior Production Superintendent Jerry Matthews, fourth from left, Devon Community Relations Specialist Shannon Johnson, far left, and Devon Energy staff stand midcourt this morning at Park Junior High at a special assembly during which Devon announced to the students the school would be receiving a $35,000 award for excellence in science education, the first-place prize in a grant competition. Eighth-grade science teacher Ashley Mason, sixth from right, completed the grant and says the funds will be put toward LearnPad tablets for all science classes that will give students hands-on access to virtual labs. Teresa Lemon – Daily Press