Faces & places

Bandelier National Monument welcomed a new summer season ranger, Lori Young. Young will serve as the Dorothy Hoard Wilderness Ranger at Bandelier. The position is sponsored by the Friends of Bandelier as a memorial to the founder of the organization, Dorothy Hoard, who was also instrumental in the designation of the Bandelier Wilderness.

Young has worked seasonally for the National Park Service and the outdoor industry since 2011 and has extensive experience as a backcountry hiker in the Southwest and as a personal trainer and guide.

Education standouts

Niall Estevan Martinez Ridgley, 23, graduated from Sarah Lawrence College last month with a Bachelor of Arts and is working for NY1-Spectrum News in the New York City area. Ridgley, the son of Greg Ridgley and Renee Martinez, both of Santa Fe, is a graduate of Santa Fe Preparatory School in the Class of 2014.

Several of his family members, including grandmother Exilda Martinez of Santa Fe and grandparents Bob and Marilyn Ridgley of Portland, Ore., attended the graduation ceremonies May 24 in Bronxville, N.Y.

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Kara Shain, a graduate of Santa Fe High School, capped a remarkable educational journey May 10 when she graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Shain previously graduated summa cum laude from UNM with a bachelor’s degree in biology before receiving a full scholarship to the medical school.

She is a recipient of the Golden Cane Award, presented each year to the graduating medical student who best exemplifies excellence, compassion and promise.

Dr. Shain has begun her residency at the University of Arizona Banner Medical Center in Phoenix, with a focus in obstetrics-gynecology. In the future, she plans to return to New Mexico and serve in rural and underserved communities.

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Jennifer Sandoval of Santa Fe graduated with a Master of Social Work from Widener University’s School of Human Service Professions.

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Eleven students from the Santa Fe area were among the nearly 400 students named to Fort Lewis College’s Dean’s List for the spring semester: Alexa Baca of Ojo Caliente, Crucita Cate of Peña Blanca, Sydney Halford of Santa Fe, Kayla Herrera of Santa Fe, Kendra Keahbone of Albuquerque, Sierra Padilla of Santa Fe, Victoria Quintana of Santa Fe, Alexander Quiver of Algodones, Kaitlyn Romero of Velarde, Kyle Romero of Santa Fe and Christina Stanton of Santa Fe.

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Two students with ties to Santa Fe received degrees from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Alexis Rose Mundt graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and Moumita Tabassum received a Master of Science in computer science.

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Kathryn Ellers, a master’s student in the Global Field Program from Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, will travel to Thailand to study emerging models in conservation and education as well as spiritual connections to nature. Ellers works as a conservation biologist at Adelante Consulting Inc.

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Hannah Gunther of Ranchos de Taos is a graduate in the Colgate University’s Class of 2019. Gunther, a graduate of Taos High School, majored in sociology with a minor in political science. She received a Bachelor of Arts and graduated magna cum laude May 19.

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Marja C Graham of Los Alamos was named to the University of Alabama President’s List for spring 2019.

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Aniruddha Nadiga of Los Alamos graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., on June 15. Nadiga studied mathematics and earned a Bachelor of Arts.