3/9 Education digest

Oil, acrylic exhibit on display at CCC
An oil and acrylic exhibit by artist Bobby Wied will be displayed at the Clovis Community College through April 28. Wied gathered reference material for the exhibit, “Palo Duro Canyon,” over the past 40 years, through exploration of the park in all seasons.

N.M. recognized for pre-k education
New Mexico has been recognized in a report for its commitment to improving pre-kindergarten education in the state. New Mexico moved to ensure more children participate in pre-k programs last year, with millions of dollars funneled into jump-starting programs across the state.

The Pre-K and Politics 2005 report, which lauds those efforts, was compiled by Pre-K Now, an organization that collaborates with state advocates and policy makers to lead a movement for high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds, according to a Pre-K Now press release.

Internships available in senator’s offices
Summer internships for New Mexico college and university students are available in the Washington and New Mexico offices of Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D.-N.M.

Interns will work five 40-hour weeks in the offices if they are accepted. There will be two intern sessions this summer, one that lasts May 30 through June 30 and another from July 3 to Aug. 4.

Applicants may apply online at

Student to compete in state spelling bee
A sixth-grade student from Mesa Elementary has earned the honor of competing in the state-level National Geographic Spelling Bee.

Jamie Malone competed with 17 other local classroom champions in grades four through six at Mesa, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools press release.

She had to answer a battery of questions pertaining to geography and complete a difficult written test to qualify for the state bee, the release said.

Malone will join 100 geography bee participants from across New Mexico for the bee, to be held on March 31 in Albuquerque.

Student to compete in bilingual bee
Misael Acosta demonstrated his Spanish spelling savvy when he spelled postre, meaning dessert, correctly. Doing so secured the sixth-grade Parkview Elementary student a spot at the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education State Spanish Spelling Bee, where he will represent the Clovis Municipal School District on April 8 in Albuquerque.

He outspelled eight other area students for the honor. About 35 students from New Mexico will compete in the state competition.

Second-place honors in the locally held competition went to Daina Gallegos, a sixth-grader at Lockwood Elementary.

Education Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Marlena Hartz. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: