Faces & places

Dakota Cisneros of the Santa Fe Civil Air Patrol Squadron is the newest New Mexico recipient of the coveted Spaatz Award, Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet achievement. Cisneros is the 27th New Mexico cadet to receive the award since its inception in 1964.

The award is named in honor of Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, the first chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. Nationwide, CAP has presented the Spaatz Award to just over 2,200 cadets.

The award was presented by Col. Mike Lee, commander of Civil Air Patrol’s New Mexico Wing.

Cisneros, 20, is the son of Jan Cisneros and Marty Somerville of Santa Fe. He joined Civil Air Patrol in 2010. He serves as cadet deputy commander, leading 16 Santa Fe cadets. He is also a FEMA-qualified radio operator and participated in a May 2018 mission that located a missing aircraft near Santa Fe.

With the award, Cisneros reached the rank of cadet colonel.

He also received the Air Force Association’s Outstanding Squadron Cadet of the Year award from Lt. Col. Annette Peters.

Cisneros plans a career in law enforcement with the Santa Fe Police Department.

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The Las Vegas New Mexico Community Foundation has announced its first round of competitive grants in support of organizations that serve the Las Vegas, N.M., community, as well as San Miguel and Mora counties.

A grant of $5,000 was awarded to New Mexico State University’s partnership with Las Vegas public schools to educate students on professional careers in the sciences, technology and agriculture, and to help build greenhouses at Sierra Vista and Los Niños elementary schools.

A grant of $3,000 was awarded to the weekly in-school and after-school tutoring program offered through the United World College-USA.

The Las Vegas Arts Council received a $1,000 grant for the creation of a mural in collaboration with Musicians Reunited.

The Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico received $1,500 to support its spay and neuter efforts.

Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance received a $3,000 grant to revitalize the Gallinas River Park.

The Mental Health Association of New Mexico received $750 to help members of the Crisis Housing program access community resources, especially through the Abe Montoya Recreation Center in Las Vegas.

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Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., has announced that Shawna Jones of Santa Fe was one of six professionals selected for its Fellows Program, continuing a legacy of developing global leaders in horticulture that began in 1958.

Jones joins Abra Lee of Atlanta; Becky Paxton of Carrboro, N.C.; Mae Lin Plummer of Charlotte, N.C.; Barbara Wheeler of Dunedin, New Zealand; and Nanette Wraith of Blandford Forum in the U.K. They will begin their studies at Longwood in June.

Jones has been the adult education and volunteer coordinator for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden for more than three years. Previously, she helped build a school garden for students as a social worker with Communities In Schools.

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The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that Santa Fe-based YouthWorks, a nonprofit dedicated to helping local teens and young adults develop job and life skills and prepare for careers, has received a $1.1 million grant for its YouthBuild program.

The award is part of an $85 million total award to YouthBuild programs nationwide.

YouthBuild is an education and training program that helps at-risk youth complete high school or GED programs, earn credentials for occupations and undergo training to build housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities, says a news release on the award.

The release says the grant will allow the programs to expand beyond construction training and into industries such as health care, information technology, hospitality and retail services and logistics.

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The Women’s Council of Realtors recently presented Solace Crisis Treatment Center with $2,500 that it raised at a recent fashion show at the Eldorado Hotel. The event also helped Solace build new partnerships with local boutiques featured in the show, said Executive Director María José Rodríguez Cádiz.

“Solace and the Women’s Council of Realtors are determined to not let the momentum of the #MeToo 2018 movement die out,” Cádiz said in an announcement of the donation.

“We stand united as we advocate for laws that are centered on the dignity and courage of sexual assault survivors,” she added.

The donation from the Women’s Council of Realtors will help Solace further its violence-prevention work, affirmative-consent education, and advocacy and trauma treatment services for survivors.

Education standouts

Susan Werbeck of Edgewood has been named to the Dean’s List at Ohio Christian University College of Adult and Graduate Studies in Circleville, Ohio, for the spring 2018 semester.

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The following area students graduated from Eastern New Mexico University on Dec. 15: Abbey Aultman, Catherine Lindsay, Savanna Nelson, Miranda Anderson and Shaylyn Price of Edgewood, Zane Burden of Ribera, Mariel Davis, Claire Noonan, Clarissa Rael and Joseph Rich of Santa Fe, Mandy Dominguez of Taos and Natalie Franco of Pecos.