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Education

  • High Achiever
  • Elks Students of the Month

    Submitted to the Optic

    Brittany Gutierrez was named Elks Student of the Month for October. The West Las Vegas High School senior maintains a 4.1 GPA. She is the daughter of Frank and Isabel Gutierrez of Ribera, N.M.

    Some of her hobbies and extracurricular activities include choir, mariachi, fishing, ranching, spending time with her family and riding horses.

    She is a four-time all stater for choir, has been on the “A” honor roll throughout high school, two-time state champion for choir and a National Honor Society secretary.

  • State proposing new standards

    By Becky Bohrer
    The Associated Press

    JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska officials are proposing new standards for K-12 education, including an emphasis on speaking and listening skills, as they seek to boost rigor and create more well-rounded students.

    Education department spokesman Eric Fry said the proposal would overhaul the existing system. Under the current system, standards stop at the 10th grade, aligning with testing requirements under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

  • Robertson FFA going strong in various competitions

    By Miale Hoogerhuies, FFA Reporter and Sarah Goetsch, FFA President

    The Robertson FFA chapter has continued to earn  awards throughout 2011. At the New Mexico State FFA Convention held in June, 16 members excelled as they performed their leadership skills in various competitions.

    The Ag-Issues team placed fourth with the issue concerning the water shortage in Las Vegas. This team consisted of John Solano, Reyes Martinez, Megan Pino, Branden Goetsch, and Kartik Kumar.

  • NMHU graduate to attend White House holiday event

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University graduate and former student body president Jesse Lopez was invited to a White House holiday reception Dec. 14 to honor a select group of community leaders from across the country.

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host the reception.

    Lopez, 30, is an activist in the gay community. From 2009 to 2011, he served as president for the nonprofit Albuquerque Pride, the largest Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender organization in New Mexico.

  • Students of the Month
  • HU’s Sigma Xi chapter wins award for research program

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands’ Sigma Xi chapter earned a program award for its Student Research Fund, making it one of only seven chapters worldwide to receive this honor in 2011.

    Sigma Xi is an honorary scientific research society with 522 chapters in more than 100 countries.

    The Highlands chapter has a long track record of being named for program awards and other honors, such as the 2007 – 2008 Certificate of Excellence awarded for exceptional chapter activity.

  • Mike Mateo Students of the Month
  • Legion Students of the Month
  • Preschooler knows the climbing ropes

    By Andi Murphy
    Las Cruces Sun-News

    LAS CRUCES — When Adlore “Addy” Lou Hamling was still in her mother’s belly, she made 15 treks up mountains and rock faces. Now that she’s 4 years old, she has climbed more times than she can remember — at least 12 times this year alone.

    “When I learned how, it’s the best thing in the universe — at least to me,” said the 4-year-old.