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Education

  • West district recognizes high achievers

    Submitted to the Optic
    Don Cecilio Martinez/North Star and Union Elementary Schools

    Fifth Grade
    A Honor Roll
    John Balizan
    Ricardita Mascarenas
    Brianna Bustamante
    Viana Freitas
    Destiny Montoya
    Samuel Roybal
    Lauren Sanchez
    Deandra Pacheco
    Esperanza Sena
    Samantha Vigil
    B-Honor Roll
    Mark Coca
    Ferdinand Crespin
    Estevan Gonzales
    Ryan Gonzales
    Miguel Martinez
    Marquisa Montoya
    Joshua Ortega
    Mia Packard
    Julius Vaughn
    John Fernandez
    Santianna Medrano
    Mateo Stewart
    Joseph Spaulding
    Bailey Douglas
    Raul Esquibel
    Abimeleck Gibbs
    Jesus Santiago
    Gonzales
    Cynthia Maestas

  • Lesson about nature
  • NM Lottery Scholarships may become need-based

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A college scholarship that’s bankrolled by the state lottery may become merit-based or granted on financial need, New Mexico’s Senate majority leader has acknowledged.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, told a summit organized by University of New Mexico student leaders that his long-held stance that the scholarship should be available to all New Mexican students, regardless of financial need or academic accomplishments, might have to change.

  • Student donates iPad to class

    The Associated Press

    WILLMAR, Minn.  — A Willmar student worked to win an Apple iPad 2 in a middle school fundraiser this fall. But 12-year-old Annie Schaefbauer didn’t want the tablet computer for herself. Instead, she donated it to her school’s special education department.

    “I’ve always liked to help people,” said Annie, who wants to be a special education teacher. The seventh-grader sometimes works with special education students and knew the special education department at Willmar Middle School needed another iPad.

  • FFA members win bronze in marketing plan event

    Submitted to the Optic

    Members of the Robertson High School FFA Chapter in New Mexico were one of 31 teams participating in the National FFA Marketing Plan Career Development Event. The event was held in conjunction with the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Manny Villanueva, Ramos Aragon, and Tabitha Sanchez competed with 90 other members from across the country. The team, led by advisor Thomas Clay, was awarded a Bronze emblem.

  • Wagon Mound Schools receives award

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Wagon Mound Public Schools custodians and Superintendent Albert Martinez were recently recognized at the Public Schools Finance Authority and CES Facility Managers Workshop in Albuquerque during the Ben Lujan Achievement Award Luncheon.  

    The Public School Facilities Authority conducted an intense Facility Maintenance Assessment of the Districts buildings and grounds and maintenance program.   

  • LCC’s Ridgeway shines at conference

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Rachel Ridgeway is already making a name for herself in the field of science. One day, Ridgeway may become a household name.

    Ridgeway, a 2011 Robertson High graduate, is a physical science major at Luna Community College. Recently, Ridgeway won third place for her poster presentation, entitled “Surfactant Free Emulsion” at the 2012 Annual New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Research Conference at New Mexico State University.

  • New CSU chief requests pay cut

    From The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — The California State University board of trustees on Wednesday approved a $380,000 salary for the system’s incoming chancellor that included a 10 percent pay cut at his request.

    The board had been set to approve the administration’s recommended salary of $421,500 for Timothy P. White, the current president of Cal State-Riverside who is slated to replace retiring Chancellor Charles Reed on Dec. 31. The amount was the same that Reed currently earns.

  • Students of the Month
  • NMSU veep to step down

    The Associated Press
    LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State University executive vice president and provost Wendy Wilkins is stepping down.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that NMSU interim President Manuel Pacheco announced Tuesday that Wilkins will be replaced by Jay Jordan, a former NMSU administrator.
    Officials say Wilkins, who started at the university in July 2010, will remain on annual leave at NMSU until Jan. 1, when she’ll retire.