• Two NMHU students awarded Seabury Fellowships

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Two Highlands University media arts and technology students have each received $2,500 fellowships to develop independent projects, thanks to the Seabury Foundation and the Highlands Foundation.

    Becca Sharp, an Albuquerque native and third-generation Highlands student, received the 2018-19 Seabury Fellowship, and Jamie García, a native of Las Vegas, received the 2017-18 fellowship.

  • Winners of Catholic Daughters 2019 education contest

    Las Vegas Optic Reports

    The Catholic Daughters of Immaculate Conception Parish recently announced its local winners in its 2019 Education Contest.

    The theme choices for this year’s participants were “Here I am, Lord, I come to do thy will” and “Doing my best to do good.”

  • Tony Serna Jr. April 2019 Students of the Month

    Here are the April 2019 students of the month from Tony Serna Jr. Elementary.

    In the front, from left: Aailiyah Manzanares and Andres Ortiz. In the back are Antonio Gonzales, Marcus Rivas and Gabriella Baca.

  • Luis E. Armijo’s May Students of the Month

    Here are the May 2019 students of the month from Luis E. Armijo Elementary.

    In the bottom row, from the left, are Alma Bustillos, David Salazar, Tamara Villanueva, Johnny Sovannalath, Ezmeralda Pino and David Sena.

    In back are Margarito Gallegos, Kaylee Vigil, Nathan Baca, Gabriella Martinez Padilla, Adyn Lovato and Avah Martinez.

  • July 1 deadline for 2019 MANA Del Norte scholarship apps

    SANTA FE – MANA del Norte is accepting scholarship applications for the 2019-20 academic year. Applicants must be a current or former resident of one of the following six northern New Mexico counties: Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, San Miguel or Taos. This year, at least five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to selected recipients.

  • Luna faculty honored

    Luna Community College faculty members Betsy Sanchez, left, and Nichole Collins were named Outstanding Faculty Service Award winners for the 2018-19 school year.

    Sanchez teaches pre-engineering and math. Collins teaches computer science.

  • Mora High School’s graduating Class of 2019

    Top photo: The graduates of 2019 who attended the Senior Banquet held Sunday, May 5, 2019.

    In the first photo on the left are this year’s valedictorians and salutatorian. This year, Mora has four valedictorians.

    In the second photo are valedictorians Lefonso Castillo Jr. and Carmelita Sanchez, salutatorian Kenneth Martinez, and valedictorians Latricia Sanchez and Leonardo Aragon.


  • First coordinator hired for new NMHU new regional partnership

    Margaret McKinney, New Mexico Highlands University

    Elisabeth Valenzuela is the first coordinator for the Regional School Partnership, a collaboration among Pojoaque Valley Public Schools, Los Alamos National Laboratory and New Mexico Highlands University that aims to support improved teaching and learning.

    The innovative partnership, launched in October 2018, is the first of its kind in New Mexico to combine a school district, a major employer and a university teacher education program. It focuses on increasing success for youth in grades 4 through 8.

  • Science students receive $10,000 NSF scholarships

    Eight promising New Mexico Highlands University science, technology, engineering and math students have received $10,000 scholarships, thanks to a National Science Foundation grant.

    The five-year, $661,868 NSF grant aims to prepare students for academic and career success in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, environmental geology or forestry.

  • West students meet with renowned poet at NMHU

    World-renowned poet and author Jimmy Santiago Baca taught a writing workshop to 100 West Las Vegas High School students May 6 at New Mexico Highlands University.