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Mora County Notebook: Congratulations in order for Mora Schools

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By Ruth Fort

The students and staff of Mora Independent Schools have been showing how well they can achieve not only in sports, but also in academics and the arts.

Examples of the skills and hard work that go into the sports program at the Mora Schools, not only in the high school but junior high as well are as follows.

The cross country team competed in the state tournament in Rio Rancho this past weekend. They did very well considering the bad weather Alonzo Chavez earned a bronze medal. At the district meet the week before  the Mora team showed their power and skill as Santana Marrujo finished first in the race with a 20:08 time. Alonzo Chavez was the number two runner in the class 5A’s. The team has worked hard all year and did well in all of their meets said their coach Mark Cassidy. He said that to him they are all winners and champs. They have not shirked in their daily practices, running every day in all kinds of weather.

In the other athletic areas the Rangerette volleyball team has won 17 and lost three in the present season, winning all eight of the district games. They were champions at the NRG tournament. They were seeded to go to state and will play Santa Fe Prep in the first round.

Results are not available at this time.

The community is proud of their band and music program. The marching band has won first place for their class four times at the New Mexico State Fair parade. The award-winning band  has two concerts a year. They also play for the home basketball games to help cheer the team and cheering crowd. They have a mariachi band and Joaquin Maestas Manuel, the teacher, has helped his students with private lessons to start their own band. After the band program had been at a virtual stand still a few years ago Maestas-Manuel has built it up to be the great music department it is today.

The shop program has been turning out great products for students to take home for the family to enjoy. Some students do not have facilities or someone to teach them the carpentry skills at home, however, they are getting a lot of help at school. This can be a start of a life work for some who find the skill they have while in the shop program at Mora High School.

The Mora Schools show their academic skills as well as the other great things going on.There have been very few drop out in the Mora Schools.

Of the 2011 graduating most of the graduates are in different areas of higher education in colleges and in vocational. The high school counselor, Adra Vigil, is busy working on applications for scholarship applications as many of the seniors of 2012 graduating class are eligible to apply for scholarships.

This shows the work of dedicated and skilled teachers in the system that have helped their student achieve.

Robo Rave Workshop
Mora Independent Schools will be hosting Robo Rave International.

Robo Rave is a competition for school-age students who have designed, built and programmed a robot. If you want to participate in the work shop the information is below.

There will be a workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Mora School Cafeteria. This workshop is being held for all students from third to12th grades interested in competing in this year’s Robo Rave International competition. This year’s competition will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the robot computer system and rules of the competition. Cimarron, Las Vegas, Mora and Eagle Nest schools are already attending.

Participants are asked bring a sack lunch and water bottle for the day.

For more information call Monica at 505-718-9472 or log onto www.roboraveorg for more information.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may  be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@ yahoo.com.