Monterrey Elementary School students and staff were surprised Monday with a special award to honor their science achievements.
Devon Energy presented the school with the Science Giants Award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, during a student assembly.
Shannon Johnson, communication relation specialist for Devon Energy, said the award is meant to promote Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Johnson said several schools in Eddy and Lea counties submitted applications explaining their vision for STEM education.
Deena Antiporda, who submitted an application on behalf of Monterrey, volunteers her time to teach an after-school science program for Monterrey students.
"I was blown away. It's an incredible honor," Antiporda said. "I wanted to do something more for Monterrey."
Antiporda said the award will be used to fund technology components for student learning, including robotics.
McCarthy said robotics has become an area of interest for her students, and she is happy to see them develop a deeper curiosity about STEM subjects.
"It's just so great to see the enthusiasm," McCarthy said.
More than half of the school's third, fourth and fifth graders attend Antiporda's after-school class.
"Keep pushing. No matter what it is, keep learning," Antiporda said. "As much as they read about, they've got to do it."Devon Energy has donated more than $1 million to schools in operating areas in the United States and Canada since 2008.