LCC students honored at Legislature

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By Jesse Gallegos
Luna Community College

Luna Community College’s Shannon Krause and Gary Gamertsfelder were among a couple dozen New Mexico students honored at the Capitol on Wednesday as part of the New Mexico All-State Academic Team.

Krause is a criminal justice major from Los Alamos, while Gamertsfelder is a vocational technical major from Albuquerque.

As part of their award, both will receive free tuition to a four-year university in the state. Both Krause and Gamertsfelder have been nominated to the All-USA Team.

The event was sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, New Mexico Independent Community Colleges and the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges.

“It was a privilege to witness and present the medals and certificates to the Luna Community College-Phi Theta Kappa All-American Academic Team recipients,” said LCC President. Pete Campos.

“Both Shannon Krause and Gary Gamertsfelder are academic role models,” said Campos. “Their personal sacrifices to achieve excellence are positive examples for other students.  Through the efforts of our Luna Family we are being recognized nationally for our academic and vocational rigor.”

Krause is undecided what four-year university she will attend, leaving her options open.

“This tuition scholarship means my parents won’t have to pay for it,” says Krause. “It will help me focus on academics and softball, rather than on money.”

Krause has played two years for The Lady Rough Riders.

“I not a number here at Luna,” says Krause. “I’m an actual person in the classroom and on the softball team which is absolutely great.”

Krause says that softball has benefited all the players on the team and she hopes LCC makes the program available for years to come.

Gamertsfelder has been a household name for Luna over the last couple of years after finishing in the top 10 at the National SkillsUSA competition in auto collision. Currently, Gamertsfelder is the president of the New Mexico Skills Post-Secondary Organization.

“This scholarship means a rewarding future,” says Gamertsfelder. “I am thankful to the many people in my life. This is an example on how good things can happen when people work together.”

Gamertsfelder intends to go to UNM and major in business.

Among the guest speakers at the event was New Mexico Sec. of Higher Education Jose Garcia and Dan Lopez, president at New Mexico Tech.