Celebrations, May 26, 2019

May 27, 2019 GMT

Faces & places

PFC Rachel Rael of the U.S. Marine Corps graduated from boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., on April 26.

Rael is from Santa Fe and is a third-generation Marine, following in the footsteps of her father, U.S. Army Col. Richard Rael (a prior member of the Marine Corps), and her grandfather, Richard “P-Nuts” Madrid. She graduated from Santa Fe High School in 2018.

Rael will continue her training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and then at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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Julian Jaramillo and Martin Gonzales are the two newest members of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees, elected to fill positions of two board members who resigned. They will serve out the terms until the next board election in November 2019.


Jaramillo, 31, graduated in 2006 from West Las Vegas High School and attended Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa, Okla., where he earned an associate degree in quality control and nondestructive testing. Jaramillo joined the military in 2010 and served two tours, one in Iraq and one in Kuwait.

Gonzales, 49, is a Villanueva native and a 1987 graduate of West Las Vegas High. He worked at the New Mexico Department of Transportation for 22 years and the city of Las Vegas for two years. He is retired.

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Luna Community College faculty members Betsy Sanchez and Nichole Collins were named Outstanding Faculty Service Award winners for the 2018-19 school year. Sanchez teaches preengineering and math. Collins teaches computer science.

Education standouts

Saige Martinez, 24, who will graduate from Luna Community College this month with an associate degree in math before finishing his undergraduate studies at nearby New Mexico Highlands University, recently learned he is one of eight Highland recipients of a National Science Foundation STEM scholarship worth $10,000 a year for up to three years.

Martinez, the son of Richard Martinez and Skye Ugarte, is a Las Vegas, N.M., native and a graduate of Robertson High School. After graduating from high school, he join the Army National Guard. He plans to continue his education after Highlands by working toward a graduate degree.

Other Highlands students — all seniors — receiving the $10,000 multiyear scholarships include Pascal Faurie, majoring in forestry; Philpatrick Gallegos, majoring in computer science; Nico Martínez, majoring in mathematics; and three biology majors: Jasmine Romero, Randy Suazo and Elicia Trujillo.


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Lauren Levis of Santa Fe recently was initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, at New Mexico State University.

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Congressman Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., the U.S. House assistant speaker, recently announced that Sarah Warder, a freshman from Raton, is this year’s winner of the 3rd Congressional District’s Congressional Art Competition.

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Antonio T. Dowdy of Los Alamos High School recently received a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.

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Del Norte Credit Union recently announced the recipients of the DNCU Scholarship program for the 2019-20 school year. The 10 finalists will each receive $1,000 toward the college or vocational school of their choice. Following are the scholarship recipients:

Jonathan L. Doorn, Los Alamos High School.

Chloe D. Fell, Española Valley High School.

Timothy D. Gallegos of Chama, Escalante Middle-High School.

Alix O. Hailey, Los Alamos High.

Anna D. Lemke, Los Alamos High.

Mireya L. Martinez of Santa Cruz, McCurdy Charter School.

Adrianna F. Quintana of Santa Fe, Pojoaque Valley High School.

Taylor R. Roybal of Santa Cruz, Pojoaque Valley High.

Larissa K. Sheffield, Santa Fe High School.

Jack W. Stafford of Los Alamos, a home-schooled student.

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The following students have been named to Deans List for spring 2019 at Emerson College in Boston: Alexandra Foultz of Santa Fe, majoring in media arts production; Katherine Foultz of Santa Fe, majoring in sports communication; and Emelie Mano of Los Alamos, majoring in writing, literature and publishing.

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The following area students were named to the Eastern New Mexico University Dean’s List for the spring 2019 semester.

From Santa Fe: Deborah Byrnes, Cassandra Lonardoni, Larissa Aragon, Nicholas Cordova, Devin Devargas, Matthew Romero, Jasmine Baez, Veronica Burrola, Jared Jones and Clarissa Rael.

From Los Alamos: Lily Johnson, Bradley Harlow, Sean Collins, Kelsey Decker, Amanda Mcmillan and Casey Trujillo.

From Edgewood: Cameron Colson.

From Las Vegas, N.M.: John Linzie, Dolores Lopez, Amberlyn Pacheco and Zant Zamora.

From Abiquiú: Santana Lopez.

From Pecos: Natalie Franco.

From Stanley: Noelle Lucero.

From Peñasco: Kristina Vigil.

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Lt. Gov. Howie Morales recently announced the 2019 scholarship recipient of the 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholars program, a partnership between Flagship Food Group’s 505 Southwestern brand, the New Mexico Community Foundation and the state Tourism Department. The $5,000 cholarship, which aims to recognize passion for the future of agriculture in New Mexico, was awarded to Animas High School senior Ty Wagley.

Wagley lives in Animas in southwestern New Mexico. He grew up working on his family’s farm, which helped him gain invaluable life skills and his passion to pursue a degree and career in agronomy. He maintained a cumulative 4.0 GPA in high school while playing sports and volunteering in his community. He is the president of his 4-H club and Future Farmers of America club.

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Kate Naylor of Santa Fe graduated magna cum laude from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education. Naylor received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and the Shining Star Award from Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education. She served as the vice president of the society’s Lynn University Chapter. Kate started her postgraduate studies in exceptional student education at Lynn University and anticipates graduating with a Master of Education in the spring of 2020.

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The following students at New Mexico Highlands University have been initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society:

From Las Vegas, N.M.: Michael Benavidez, Gil Gallegos, Kristen Johnson, Krystle Leger and Judith Lewis.

From Santa Fe: Brittany Dutton-Leyda, Melissa Eckert, Candace OHara and Claudia Velasquez.

From Taos: Lorenne Gavish and Tiffanie Hines.

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Gabriela Ortiz of Santa Fe recently graduated with honors from Brown University in Providence, R.I. She was awarded a National Institute of Health scholarship to study abroad at the University of Granada and will serve as a research assistant at the University’s Centro de Investigación Biomédica. Ortiz is a premed student with a concentration in history. Her senior thesis focused on folk healing in Latin America, and she was recently awarded special honors by university faculty. She is the daughter of Matthew Ortiz and Michele Jacquez-Ortiz of Santa Fe.

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A father-daughter mechanic duo recently graduated together from Luna Community College.

When she was 8 years old, Jasmine Gallegos was the designate gofer for her father, Gary Gallegos, handing him wrenches and other tools while he worked on cars, said a news release from the college. Later, she followed him into full-time mechanic work and then into work as volunteer firefighters.

On May 11, they both participated in commencement ceremonies at Luna, with Jasmine finishing her certificate program in automotive technology and her father completing his associate of applied science in vocational education, specializing in automotive collision repair technology.

Jasmine, who works for the state Department of Transportation, said her father has always been a role model, and they’ve remained close over the years.

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