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LAS CRUCES – Twelve graduating seniors from three high schools and two special program schools in Gadsden Independent School District were named recipients of $750 scholarships from the Gadsden Educational Foundation program.
The foundation is mostly funded by employee contributions and aims to assist senior students who have exemplified academic and leadership achievement.
Winning seniors represented the three traditional high schools in GISD including Gadsden High School, Chaparral High School and Santa Teresa High School, as well as Desert Pride Academy and the Alta Vista Early College High School.
Gadsden High recipients
- Abigail Munoz: currently ranked second in her class, winner of state Business Professionals of America award for website design. She is interested in a career in the medical field.
- Stephanie Ruby Sanchez: currently ranked 11th in her class, has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average throughout her four years at GHS. She is interested in working in a family clinic in her hometown of San Miguel.
Chaparral high recipients
- Yadira Estrada: President of the school’s honor society and student council, won first in state competition Business Professional of America for Broadcast News Team. She is currently working with New Mexico Dream Team as an advocate and youth leader committed to empowering multi-general undocumented students. She hopes to be a Nurse Practitioner and establish her own clinic in Chaparral.
- Maria del Sol: was active in the Spanish Spelling Bee competition, winning fourth place nationally in middle school and back-to-back national titles as a seventh- and eighth-grade student. She plans on majoring in mechanical engineering at New Mexico State University.
- Melanie Cervantes: active in the National Honor Society, and is a member of the CHS tennis and cross country teams. She plans on majoring in business management at UTEP.
Santa Teresa High recipients
- Alexandra Ontiveros: on the biomedical pathway at STHS and is also taking healthcare occupation classes at Doña Ana Community College. She plans on pursuing a degree in biology and continuing to a master’s degree in the medical field with a goal of being a medical surgeon.
- Tena Angeles: has a 4,227 GPA, is a three-year member of the National Honor Society, and is planning on attending the UTEP School of Nursing .
- Rilen Garcia: ranked 12th in her class with a 4.23 GPA and is captain of the varsity volleyball team and committed to play volleyball at NMSU. She plans on majoring in environmental engineering with a minor in education.
Desert Pride Academy recipients
- Vivian Covarrubias: plans to study criminal justice and become a probation officer, ultimately joining the FBI.
- Cindy Castro: is completing her course work in being a nurse assistant and plans on starting college majoring in health science ultimately becoming a pediatrician.
Alta Vista Early College High recipients
- Monique Hernández: has a 3.76 GPA and plans on enrolling at NMSU as a Crimson Success Scholarship recipient. She is vice president of her senior class, a member of yearbook and the media club, and currently works as program manager for the Anthony Youth Farm.
- Isa Alvarez: currently has a 4.27 GPA and has been offered the Hadley Honors Scholarship at NMSU, but plans on attending the University of New Mexico. He was one of 28 students in New Mexico awarded the BAMD Scholarship which guarantees him a spot at UNM’s Medical School. He will also receive an associate bachelor’s degree when he graduates.
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