Education digest: FFA honors ENMU student

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

An Eastern New Mexico University student was recognized by FFA in October.
Jacob Freitas of the Texico FFA Chapter received the American FFA Degree at the 79th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, according to an FFA press release.

The American FFA Degree is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes Freitas’ leadership abilities and achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs, the release indicates.

Freitas is the son of Mitch Freitas and Kelly Freitas and is studying dairy science at ENMU, the release reads.

His FFA advisor is Todd Pinell.

FFA is a national youth organization that prepares students for leadership careers in agricultural science, business and technology. For information, visit

State school reform
among top in U.S.

A recently released report identifies New Mexico as one of three states to receive the highest grade (B-) for educational reforms over the past 15 years that boost the percentage of poor or minority students who are proficient in reading, math or science, according to a New Mexico Public Education Department press release.

New Mexico has “embraced reforms to raise standards and offer more choices for parents, and is making greater achievement gains for these groups of students,” according to “The Fordham Report 2006: How Well Are States Educating Our Neediest Children?” the release reads.

According to the report, released in late October, Arizona, New Mexico and California lead the nation in reform. The report measured states in three categories: curricular content, standards-based reform and school choice. The national average for states for school reform efforts is a C-minus, with half the states receiving D’s or F’s, according to the release.

The full report may be found at

Ambassador Choir Concert, 7 p.m., Marshall Junior High School Auditorium

Wednesday: Cameo Elementary School presents “Jungle Book” at 9 a.m. in the Cameo Multi-Purpose Room.

Nov. 16:
— Cameo Elementary School presents “Jungle Book” at 7 p.m. in the Cameo Multi-Purpose Room.
— Parkview fall music program, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., Parkview Multi-Purpose Room
— Sandia Thanksgiving Program, 5:30 p.m., Sandia Gym

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