• Elks student of the month

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    Jordan Lopez was selected as Elks Student of the Month for May. The recent graduate of West Las Vegas High School is the daughter of Dorothy Lopez and Ron Lopez.

    At West Las Vegas High School she is involved in Business Professionals of America and Semias de Salud. She is also enrolled at Luna Community College.

    She is a member of the National Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa. She is also in the top ten in her graduating class.

    She plans to continue her education at LCC and major in nursing.

  • Students of the Month
  • LCC program offers opportunity for students

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    Luna Community College is offering two enhanced college credit summer programs for high school students and 2011 graduating seniors.

  • LVCS board seeks members for audit committee

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    The Board of Education for the Las Vegas City Schools is inviting parents of students attending the school district and members of the community who have experience in accounting or finance to serve on its audit committee.

    The audit committee reports directly to the board and shall be asked to fulfill the following responsibilities:

    • Evaluate the request for proposals for annual financial audit services;

    • Recommend the selection of the financial auditor;

  • NMHU students receive fellowships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two New Mexico Highlands University media arts students received $2,500 fellowships, thanks to the Seabury Foundation and a full match from the university’s foundation.

    Spring 2011 graduate Rianne Trujillo and junior Arianna Andreatta were tapped for the honor. They showcased their video projects May 12 at an awards presentation.  

  • ‘In spirit ... watching me’

    Most of the West Las Vegas High School seniors were beaming with joy during their graduation ceremony this past Saturday, but the day was bittersweet for Stacy Romero.

    Her father, Roy Ortiz, died in a car accident on May 1, the day after her senior prom.

    “I was expecting him to be at my graduation,” an emotional Romero said. After all, he had told her he would be there.

    On Saturday morning, as she and her classmates were receiving their diplomas in the packed Gillie Lopez gymnasium, Romero’s thoughts wandered to her father.

  • New Mexico Highlands University Main Campus 2011 Graduates

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    College of Arts and Sciences

    Bachelor of Arts

    Artie J. Allen,
    Human Performance & Sport
    Adam Alvidrez,
    Criminal Justice Studies
    BrynErin Vivtoria Anderson,
    Marco V. Aragon,
    Political Science
    Efuetbejah Atemnkeng,
    Coleen Ruth Avery,
    Criminal Justice Studies
    Navid Babadi,
    Abenicio E. Baldonado,
    Political Science
    Jason Louis Bays,

  • Luna Community College Graduates 2011

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    Eugene L. Abeyta,
    Drafting Technology-AAS Degree, cum laude

    Janel Alcón,
    Practical Nursing-Certificate

    Jessica M. Aragón,
    Teacher Education-AA Degree

    Marco M. Aragón,
    Sports Performance-AAS Degree

    Danielle Maxine Archuleta,
    Practical Nursing-Certificate

    Dave Armijo,
    Business Accounting-AAS Degree

    Laura A. Armijo,
    Dental Assistant-Certificate

    Amber Baca,
    High School Diploma Equivalency

  • Robertson High School 2011 Graduates

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    Desiree Aguilar

    Elise Victoria Almendarez

    Rhiannon Celeste Altimore

    Ashley Lee Aragon

    Demi Kathleen Aragon

    Dillon Archuleta

    Dominique Dolline Archuleta

    Nicholas Stephen Archuleta

    Charlie Cruz Armijo

    Marcus John Armijo

    Angelica Yolanda Baca

    Cameron Scott Basler

    Dezi Rae Tina Benavidez

    Estevan Benavidez

    Brianna Lynn Bourbon

    Amadeus Omar Brister Boydston

    Peter Samuel Campos

  • West Las Vegas High School 2011 Graduates

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    Reanna Alderete

    Steven Alvino

    Nicholas Aragon

    Corey Archibeque

    Mario Archuleta

    Augusta Arellanes

    Seth Armijo

    Joey Avila

    John-Nathan Baca

    Kevin Baca

    Brandy Benavidez

    Gabrielle Benavidez

    Alex Branch

    Jesus Caro

    Stephanie Carrillo

    Lizseth Castaneda

    Julio Castillo

    Marissa Chavez

    Angelina Chavez

    Patricia Chavez

    Teresa Chavez