Joshua Garcia and six other northern New Mexico recipients were honored at a luncheon this month where they received the Pete Domenici Scholarship funded by Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Garcia, son of John and Ann Garcia, is a 2011 graduate of Mora High School. At the luncheon recipients had a chance to sit and visit with Domenici.
The students selected for the scholarship were chosen because of their outstanding academic achievement as well as outstanding leadership skills and community service.
“The Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund gives every Northern New Mexico student the message that diligence and dedication to their work, school and in their community can be rewarded,” the organization states. “Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund makes awards based on academic performance, leadership potential (extracurricular and community service activities) and career goals.”
Garcia was the first student from Mora to receive the scholarship.
The scholarship amounts to $10,000 for four years.
He will receive $2,500 a year to help cover his education expenses. The scholarship also provides him the opportunity to work as an intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
In addition to outstanding academic achievement, Garcia has been involved in different school and community activities.
He was a member of Business Professionals of America, basketball, MESA and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico. He was awarded National Merit Scholar at the Business Professionals of America national conference in Washington, D.C. He will be graduating from Mora High School today, May 27.
He received a certificate in General Education from Luna Community College this spring.
Garcia plans to attend the University of New Mexico this fall.
School year wrap-up
Another year of school has gone by with all of the work by teachers students and staff. It has been a good year with our teams doing a great job in all areas. The track team did a great job at the state track and field day, coming home with trophies and ribbons.
The basketball teams came close to making a showing at state and did a good job all season. It supplied the community with exciting entertainment.
The baseball and softball teams did their part in giving a good showing because of their skill and discipline in training.
Then there was the band, ever present at games. The music department gave the community Christmas and spring concerts.
Many students gained skills in reading and math as they learned to play the instruments and read music.
The middle school spellers in both English and Spanish did very well with a high spellers going to the state spelling bee.
The Business Professionals of America took 16 students to the national conference in Washington, D.C. and they did very well in the competition.
There are well stocked and equipped libraries where students learn how to do research and use a library for their own information.
The health department continues to serve the students physically and mentally with its well trained staff.
The classrooms are well equipped and have well trained teachers. Many of them already have their master’s degrees in education and continue to grow in the profession.
There is so much to be thankful for.
The extra work that the teachers and staff put in this year has made this a good year for all.
On the last day of school on May 31 they can breathe a sigh of relief and feel good about the 2010-2011 school year.
Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at (575) 387-6523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.