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Education

  • 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.

  • Purina scholarship deadline approaching

    Submitted to the Optic

    The deadline to apply for the annual scholarship awarded by Purina Mills and the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association’s Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee is Nov. 10 according to Crystal Diamond, Winston, YCLC committee chairman.

  • Student shows ‘exceptional’ work in electronics class

    Submitted to the Optic

    Patricia Natewa has always had a knack for fixing things. Recently, she took her natural talent to another level. Natewa’s expertise caught the eye of her electronics instructor Sequoia Romero.

    “Patricia built a radio and made it work,” said Romero. “She displayed talent and determination. This is exactly what is required for an engineer to be exceptional. It’s a recipe for success.”

  • Student of the month
  • Diné College visit
  • School supplies donation

    Submitted to the Optic

    The students and staff of Mike “Mateo” Sena Elementary in Sapello got a special treat last late month. The residents and guests of Pendaries RV Resort donated plenty of school supplies.

    In late August, several residents of the resort came to present hand-made backpacks, containing additional supplies, to the students.

  • Dear Teacher - Sept. 19

    By Margie Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler
    Special to the Optic
    Question: We’re back to the same old frantic rush every morning to get the children out the door in time for school. We make up morning schedules, but we never follow them for more than a few days. Is there any way we can make mornings more peaceful? — Rushing Around

  • Patron commits $7.5M to UWC

    By Jennifer Rowland
    UWC-USA

    UWC-USA patron Shelby M.C. Davis, one of the leading supporters of international education in the United States, is committing another $7.5 million to United World College, building on his past generosity as the school’s largest donor. Of this total, he will give $1 million a year for the next five years to increase his support of scholarships for Americans to attend UWC schools. The balance of Davis’ gift will support second year Davis-Mahindra International Scholars at each eligible UWC school.