Faces & places

The Life Center Foundation recently presented the Santa Fe Children’s Museum with a $20,000 grant and the 2021 Leadership Award. The museum was recognized for its community garden program, which teaches children the basics of seeding and cultivating vegetables.

After harvesting the produce, museum staff distributes the fresh vegetables to family shelters and communities in need in Santa Fe. The museum also provides families across New Mexico with grab-and-go activity kits, including art supplies and hands-on home activities for children unable to attend school during the pandemic. Additional 2021 grantees are Think New Mexico, Performance Santa Fe and St. Elizabeth Shelters’ Casa Familia Shelter.

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The PNM Resources Foundation announced it distributed $230,000 among 20 nonprofits for their work in improving the quality of life for the homeless in New Mexico:

  • Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless
  • Bienvenidos Outreach Inc.
  • Childhaven Inc.
  • Crossroads for Women
  • ECHO-Economic Council Helping Others Inc.
  • El Refugio Inc.
  • Heading Home
  • Hopeworks
  • Love Inc. Of Otero County
  • New Day Youth and Family Services
  • St. Elizabeth Shelter Corp.
  • Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico
  • TenderLove Community Center Inc.
  • The Samaritan House Inc.
  • United Way of Central New Mexico
  • Youth Development Inc.
  • Good Shepherd Center
  • Hope Community Center
  • Saranam
  • Supporting People in Need

Education standouts

Mathew Chavez, a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Fe/Del Norte, was named the 2021 New Mexico State Youth of the Year on April 10.

He competed against two other Boys & Girls Clubs teens from Las Cruces and Central New Mexico for the honor and was awarded $3,500 in college scholarship money.

The event was hosted virtually by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaves and Lincoln Counties. Mathew will next represent New Mexico at the Southwest regional competition, which also will be held virtually in June. He and representatives from seven other states will compete for a $40,000 scholarship and a chance to move on to the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives a $100,000 scholarship and the opportunity to meet and be recognized by the U.S. president.

Mathew, a senior and straight-A student at Tierra Encantada Charter School in Santa Fe, is involved in coordinating Teen Nights and events at the club. He takes part in community service events in the city, including neighborhood cleanups and gardening projects. He also serves as a tutor to younger club members.

Mathew plans to attend the University of New Mexico in the fall.

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After recently winning the regional gold medal from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for his photograph, Cellophania Obscura, 16-year-old Weston Keller, a student at Santa Fe Preparatory School, advanced and won the national gold medal for exceptional work in photography from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country’s longest-running scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. During this program year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted across the country.

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The following local students graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., in December:

  • Alexa Baca of Ojo Caliente graduated summa cum laude with a degree in elementary education.
  • Mark Heltman of Santa Fe graduated with a degree in engineering.
  • Shannon McQuillan of Santa Fe graduated with a degree in anthropology.
  • Kristin Troncosa of San Felipe Pueblo graduated with a degree in exercise specialist.

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Isabella Child of Santa Fe was named to the dean’s list at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, for the fall semester.

Child, the daughter of Josiah H. Child III and Mary N. Wegner, is a 2018 graduate of Santa Fe Preparatory School. She is majoring in rhetoric, film, screen studies and art and visual culture.

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Peter Maslan from Santa Fe has been selected for inclusion on St. Lawrence University’s Dean’s List for academic achievement during the fall 2020 semester.

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Camryn Dickson of Los Alamos was named to the Abilene Christian University fall 2020 Dean’s List. Dickson is a junior majoring in kinesiology.

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Russ Lown of Santa Fe has earned a Bachelor of Science in health care management from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City.

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Monique Gurule of Santa Fe, a student at Northern Vermont University, was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2020 semester.

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Giacomo Coppola of Santa Fe has been placed on the Gettysburg College Dean’s Honor List for outstanding academic achievement in the fall 2020 semester.

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Althea Foster of Santa Fe was named to the Winter 2020-21 High Honors List at Pomfret School in Pomfret, Conn.

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