Victim’s sister: Capture chance for justice

Kevin Wilson Seventeen months from now, Clovis High School will hold commencement services for its 2013 graduates. Some of Carlos Perez’ classmates from Cameo Elementary will be graduating. Whatever Perez’ classmates do and wherever they go, Carlos Perez remains a fifth-grader in Clovis. That’s because on Sept. 15, 2005, one day shy of his 11th […]

Clovis High students awarded by ACLU

CNJ staff Two Clovis High School graduates are being awarded the ACLU of New Mexico’s 2011 Guardian of Liberty Award for their efforts at organizing the school’s first Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). The winners are James Walker and Steven De Los Santos. In a press release Monday, the ACLU noted the two “had attempted several times […]

Our viewpoint: Student loan default rates at record highs

High school graduates have long been told, “A college education is always a good investment.” Student loan debt? No problem. It’s more than offset by the increased earning potential and better job prospects from a college degree. But, with the cost of tuition rising as fast as the youth unemployment rate, many recent graduates are […]

Portales grads look to future

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser gives graduate Katlyn Gore a hug after she received her diploma Friday night at Greyhound Arena. Nusser said the Class of 2011 was one of the biggest PHS had seen in some time. Argen Duncan The 161 graduates of the Portales High School Class of […]

ENMU president says he expects big things from graduates

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University graduates file out of Greyhound Arena auditorium Saturday afternoon after receiving their diplomas. ENMU president Steven Gamble said 81 percent were the first in their families to graduate. Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble said he was expecting big things from the 484 […]

Sen. Tom Udall to speak at ENMU commencement

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Courtesy photo: Jessica and John McGraw Siblings John and Jessica McGraw are teenage students at Eastern New Mexico University and karate instructors in Hobbs. Jessica, 16, is preparing to graduate with her bachelor’s in biology this week, and John expects to finish his bachelor’s in biology and finance in December, at age 19. Argen Duncan […]

Hall of Honor inductees remember time at Clovis High

Liliana Castillo Each year, the Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation and Alumni Association chooses five people to induct into the Hall of Honor. The awards go to Clovis High School graduates based on achievement in their realm of business. Graduates are chosen because their strengths of character and citizenship serve as models to inspire and challenge […]

Clovis man graduates from leadership program

CNJ staff Garrett Crow, superintendent of Davtek Corporation in Clovis, is among 29 statewide professionals recently graduating from the Leadership New Mexico Connect New Mexico “The Next Generation of Leadership” Program. Open to anyone age 25 to 40, Leadership New Mexico’s Connect New Mexico Program is designed to offer young professionals the opportunity to develop […]

Melrose graduates cheer classmate

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Melrose School board secretary Taz McAlister hands Jordan Beard her diploma during Saturday’s graduation ceremony at Melrose High School. Beard was in a car accident in August and missed her senior year but the school wanted her with her class at graduation. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The room […]

Graduates, I salute you

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It’s graduation time again. Did you worry that you might not make it? I got to thinking about those who are graduating and those who’ve dropped out. Then I remembered a high school friend named Catfish. Back then I wondered if he was going to join me and my pals […]

Education feature: Clovis Municipal Schools honors alumni

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Courtesy photo Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht, who graduated from Clovis High School in 1967, is now the senior appellate judge in active service in Texas. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools is honoring notable graduates for the first time this year. The program, called the Hall of Honor, is an […]

Caring at core of teaching

By Clyde Davis: Freedom columnist Another school year is drawing to a close. Another crop of new graduates, preparing to enter either the world of work, the world of college, or the world of the military — in many cases, more than one of the above worlds. Another two-plus month break for educators, in the […]

ENMU graduates nearly 230

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Josh Messer receives his hood for his master’s degree in business Saturday during ENMU commencement. Messer said he enjoyed his time and the friendships he made at ENMU. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Saturday was a day of reflection for almost 230 Eastern New Mexico University graduates who walked […]

Education feature: Cat Grad Night organizers planning to up ante

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A group of community members are working to provide Clovis High School graduates “one last hurrah” for the second year. Not just any last hurrah. A safe one. Cat Grad Night is a lock-in event that provides graduates with a safe, chaperoned environment in which to celebrate. Event organizer […]

Graduation marks end of one chapter in life, beginning of new one for PHS graduates

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FNM photo: Helena Rodriguez Pablo Urioste smiles after receiving his diploma from Portales High School during commencement Friday night at Greyhound Arena. By Helena Rodriguez: FNM correspondent Graduating on Friday night meant the end of one chapter in life for David Lucero and 138 other newly tasseled Portales High School graduates. But it also marked […]

Kernan: Cling to your goals

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Freedom New Mexico correspondent: Heather Bumguardner From left, Robert Parker, Dylan Radcliff and Cage Riley wait to receive their diplomas at Eastern New Mexico University’s commencement ceremony Saturday in the Greyhound Arena. By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University graduates were urged Saturday to cling to their goals and continue doing their […]

Clovis High graduates 370

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Friends Molly Walker, left, and Janie Balch take another photograph of themselves with help from friend Sujel Delahoz as they wait for the graduation ceremony to begin. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The old gym at Clovis High School was a flood of Wildcat purple caps and gowns as […]

Education feature: Class of 2012 looks back at 100 years of New Mexico schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School freshman campus students Kyla Vestal, left, and Shannon Spurgeon are working on centennial projects this year at the freshman campus. Current freshman, the class of 2012, will be the 100th class to graduate from high school in New Mexic By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Students at […]

March 5, 2009 Education digest

Thirty-four graduates will walk the stage during Wayland Baptist University’s commencement ceremony 10 a.m. Friday at Central Baptist Church. Fifteen of the students will be graduating with master’s degrees, while 19 will receivebachelor’s

Military growing option for high school graduates

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Portales High School senior Jacob Sambrano looks over a military brochure Friday afternoon at Portales High School. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico The future is theirs but the clock is ticking. Just like high school students around the country, Roosevelt and Curry County high school seniors approaching graduation are […]