Several graduates of The MASTERS Program at Santa Fe Community College received an associate degree or professional certificate at the college’s graduation last month.
Cole Agard and Alejandro Lopez-Read received two associate degrees each.
Katalina Gallegos, Jessie James, Ely Miller, Justice Otto, Ever Prishkulnik, Mireya Ramirez, Sierra Rivera and Anthony Vigil each received an associate degree.
Meera Bhakta, Malina Brannen and Savanna Leyba received an associate degree and a certificate.
Marissa Chavez, Sabrina Gonzales, Naomi Hernandez-Llerena, Scott Laur, Juan Portillo, Juana Ruiz Ramirez, Pamela Salcido and Caitlyn Skibyak received a certificate.
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Kate Naylor of Santa Fe graduated magna cum laude from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education. Naylor received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and the Shining Star Award from Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education. She served as the vice president of the society’s Lynn University Chapter. Kate started her postgraduate studies in exceptional student education at Lynn University and anticipates graduating with a Master of Education in the spring of 2020.
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The following students at New Mexico Highlands University have been initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society:
From Las Vegas, N.M.: Michael Benavidez, Gil Gallegos, Kristen Johnson, Krystle Leger and Judith Lewis.
From Santa Fe: Brittany Dutton-Leyda, Melissa Eckert, Candace OHara and Claudia Velasquez.
From Taos: Lorenne Gavish and Tiffanie Hines.
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Gabriela Ortiz of Santa Fe recently graduated with honors from Brown University in Providence, R.I. She was awarded a National Institute of Health scholarship to study abroad at the University of Granada and will serve as a research assistant at the University’s Centro de Investigación Biomédica. Ortiz is a premed student with a concentration in history. Her senior thesis focused on folk healing in Latin America, and she was recently awarded special honors by university faculty. She is the daughter of Matthew Ortiz and Michele Jacquez-Ortiz of Santa Fe.
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Ten college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
From Pojoaque Valley High School: Noelia Topete, a scholarship in memory of Satch Cowan and funded by the Delle Foundation, for a student who shows exceptional promise in science and medicine; Taylor Roybal, a scholarship funded by the Los Alamos National Bank, awarded for exceptional promise of future contributions to society.
From Capital High School: Elizabeth Walker, a scholarship sponsored by the New Mexico Consortium for a student who plans to attend a New Mexico institution; Ariana Garcia, a scholarship in memory of Nicholas C. Metropolis, awarded to a student for outstanding promise in math.
From Los Alamos High School: Steven Zhao, a scholarship supported by the committee, awarded to a student for outstanding promise in science and math; Amanda Li, a scholarship sponsored by the New Mexico Consortium for a student who plans to attend a New Mexico institution; Jonathan Doorn, a scholarship in memory of Rosalie Heller for a student with an interest in classical music; Sonyia Williams, a scholarship in memory of Juliamarie Langham Grilly, awarded for outstanding promise in the arts or sciences; Christopher Koh, a scholarship in memory of Nicholas C. Metropolis, awarded to a student for outstanding promise in math; Joseph Sarrao, a scholarship in memory of Nancy Laubach Freed, awarded to a student for outstanding academic achievements.