Celebrations, June 24, 2018

June 24, 2018 GMT


Rylee Claire Ortiz

At 7:09 p.m. June 6, Rylee Claire Ortiz was born to Jordan Teresa Ortiz and Jonathan Ortiz at the Lovelace Westside Hospital Family Birthing Center in Albuquerque.

Rylee is the sister of 21-month-old Nikko Alexander Ortiz and the granddaughter of Daryl and Marilyn Proctor of Santa Fe, Cynthia Armenta of Tijeras, and Richard and Sherri Ortiz of Edgewood.

She is the great-granddaughter of Joe and Virginia Armenta of Tijeras and Juanita Ortiz of Albuquerque.

Faces & places

Las Vegas, N.M., native Benjamin Crespin was among the veterans to participate in an Honor Flight tour of the nation’s historic military sites near Washington, D.C.

Crespin, a disabled Korean War veteran, was one of several Arizona-based veterans to take part in the program in early May. Crespin is a 1958 graduate of New Mexico Highlands University. He received his master’s degree from Whittier College in California. He was a teacher, school counselor and administrator for 30 years in a California school district. He and his wife, Mary Jane, live in Sun City, Ariz.

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Marina Ellison, a graduate of Los Alamos High School, has been named the state EMS person of the year by the National VFW Headquarters in Kansas City, Mo.

Ellison, who lives in Mayhill in Southern New Mexico, has been a member of the town’s volunteer fire department since 2012. She has lived in the area for about 12 years. Her recommendation for the award came from Fire Chief John Stroope III of the Mayhill Volunteer Fire Department.

State Police Officer Wilfredo Lavoe, based in Lincoln and Otero counties, was recognized as the state Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the National VFW. Like Ellison, Lavoe was lauded by the VFW for his dedication to public service.

Both Ellison and Lavoe belong to VFW Post 11999 in Cloudcroft.

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United Way of Santa Fe County recently received a $100,000 grant from the Thornburg Foundation to further a capital campaign for the United Way Early Learning Center at Kaune.

Opening in August, the prekindergarten center ultimately will serve 200 children, ages 3 to 5, providing year-round access to early childhood education. The center will focus on early literacy with a dual-language approach.

“Thornburg Foundation’s support is a major milestone as we work to close the gap of our $5 million goal at Kaune,” said United Way President and CEO Katherine Freeman. “Their support of children and families in the community is significant.”

Education standouts

Sarah Isenberg, the daughter of Devon Skeele of Santa Fe, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from Earlham College last month. Isenberg, who received college honors, double-majored in peace and global studies and Spanish and Hispanic studies at Earlham, a liberal arts college in Richmond, Ind.

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Alina Moore of Taos was admitted to Cornell College for the fall 2018 semester with a Dean’s Scholarship. The college is in Mouinta Vernon, Iowa.

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Annette Gates of Santa Fe earned a Master of Education in human sexuality studies May 18 from Widener University’s School of Human Service Professions. Widener is in Chester, Pa.

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Tristan Goodwin of Los Alamos has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

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These area students have made the Dean’s List at Tufts University for the spring 2018 semester: Morgan Dunlap, Ezri Horne and Shale Hunter of Santa Fe. Tufts University has campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, Mass., and in Talloires, France.

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Ryan Ortiz, the son of Joseph and Kymberly Ortiz, has finished his junior year at the University of Denver on the Dean’s List. Ryan is working on a federal engineering internship in Delta, Colo. He will return to the university this fall to complete a degree in mechanical engineering.

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Gary Johnson of Santa Fe has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. Johnson is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary international affairs.