• HU student joins international prescribed burn training

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Elyssa Durán of Highlands University was the only student and the youngest person to work the fire line when resource managers and firefighters from across the globe came to New Mexico for a prescribed burn training.

    Durán, 24, a natural resources management graduate student, spent two weeks in the Jemez Mountains in September as part of a Spanish language prescribed fire training exchange, or TREX. Trainees came from Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala and other countries.

  • Mora High senior named Elks student of the month

    Submitted to the Optic

    Crystal Torres has been named Elk Student of the Month for Mora High School for September.  

    Torres, 17, is the daughter of Mr. Robert Torres of Rio de La Casa in Mora. She is a senior at Mora High School.  

    Torres has been an active participant in the Mora High School Marching Band, in Jobs for America Graduates Career Association, MESA, and Peer Educators.

  • Student gets gig as stunt double

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College student Mark Esquibel was recently asked to help in the production of the film Sicario. Esquibel was a stunt double for Benicio Del Toro. And Esquibel took advantage of the opportunity.

  • Dear Teacher - Oct. 31

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy  Gisler

    Question: How can I best help my children learn to handle their homework? How much should parents be involved? — Wondering
    Answer: Whether you like it or not, you will have to play a role in helping your children handle homework. The sooner you put them on the path to handling homework by themselves, the happier you both will be. Check to see if you are doing what is necessary to make your children responsible for their homework. This is a parents’ checklist:

  • Schools try to retain young teachers

    The Associated Press

    ST. PAUL, Minn.  — Several Minnesota school districts are working to address a low retention rate for young teachers by improving the support they receive.

    The state loses one-third of its new teachers within the first five years after they start, according to Minnesota Department of Education data. Many new teachers say they’re lacking a mentor to give them feedback on their work, according to Tom Rademacher, Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year.

  • First Lady launches grad contests

    By Stacy A. Anderson
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — High school and college students are competing for Michelle Obama to come to their schools to share her wisdom as they move on to higher education and adulthood.

    The first lady announced on Thursday two graduation video contests as part of her Reach Higher initiative, which encourages students to take their studies and training past secondary school.

  • Students of the month
  • Program recognized nationally

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Excelencia in Education named the Highlands University Achieving in Research, Math and Science Center as one of the top college programs in the nation for increasing graduation rates among Hispanic students.

  • Teen shares love of languages

    By Lillian Schrock
    Casper Star-Tribune

    CASPER, Wyo.  — Danny Villalobos walks into a small square classroom lined with windows on one side.
    Through them, he can see a group of teenage girls, lounging on couches and laughing. He shifts his gaze to a group of five children seated before him. They’re sprawled out in padded chairs around an oak table.

    “Hi, kids!” he says.

    The kids, ranging in ages 6 to 13, stand and bow.

  • Beijing students cheer Zuckerberg

    By Didi Tang
    The Associated Press

    BEIJING — China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The young billionaire delighted an audience of students at a prestigious Beijing university this week with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.