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Education

  • Las Vegas native accepted into music school program

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    Steven Ray “Cat” Leger is a 16-year-old student at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center in Estes Park, Colo.

    Leger attended the West Las Vegas Rio Gallinas Partnership School prior to his enrollment at Eagle Rock. He has played piano for eight years, four of which were under the direction of Linda King in classical piano. Since being at Eagle Rock, Steven has performed and had major roles in “Urine-town” and “Rent,” Broadway musicals.

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  • Garcia finishes seventh in national competition

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College’s Monica Garcia finished seventh at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Kansas City in late June. Garcia competed in the dental assisting category.

    “I was pretty satisfied with seventh place,” said Garcia. “I was very happy to represent New Mexico. It was a huge accomplishment for me. I got to meet other dental assistants from across the nation. They were all really nice.”
    Garcia finished first at the state SkillsUSA Competition in April.

  • Train Robbers escape Blizzard

    Ben Runyon got into a bases-loaded jam Monday night at Rodriguez Park.

    Then he got himself out of it.

    The Las Vegas Train Robbers reliever avoided disaster by throwing back-to-back strikeouts, stranding three Taos Blizzard baserunners and securing a 10-7 win.

    “Every win counts from here on out,” Las Vegas manager Casey Dill told his club afterward. “We need to play better than we did tonight. I want a championship.”

  • Geology grad accepted into Michigan Tech program

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University geology graduate, Marine Foucher, is headed for a geophysics doctoral program at Michigan Technological Institute.

    The 24-year-old native of Lisieux, France graduated in May 2012 with a master’s degree in geology and a 3.9 GPA.

  • Meserve receives doctorate

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    Dr. Joyce Meserve began her career in healthcare in 1979 as an emergency medical techician. 

  • Perfect attendance awards
  • Cardinal scholars to further education

    This year’s Cardinal Scholars from Robertson High School’s graduating class are: Katherine Elizabeth Houdek, Victoria Lucia Gomez, Jalen Martinez, Sonya Lane, Victoria Jauregui, Sierra Rose Zamora, Rebecca Trujillo, Julia Maile Hoogerhuies, Ashley Jaramillo and Tori Gallegos. They all plan to attend an institute of higher education.

    Houdek is the daughter of Jeffrey and Lacy Houdek. She plans to attend the University of New Mexico to major in political science.

  • Giron graduates at top of West class

    Rikki Giron ended her high school  years as top of her graduating class at West Las Vegas High School. She overall grade point average was 4.16 making her valedictorian of this year’s class.

    She was followed closely by Anna Finck with a GPA of 4.1. Finck served as this  year’s class salutatorian.

    Rounding out the top ten are Gregory Medina-Romero, Renee Baca, Alma Garcia, Regina Torrez, Ashley Lovato, Manuel Lucero, Keith Salazar and Christopher Cavazos.