Arts high school launches writing major

New Mexico School for the Arts will offer creative writing and literature as a full major, alongside current majors of dance, music, theater and visual arts, beginning in the fall.

Applications for the inaugural program are open and 20 New Mexico ninth-graders will be accepted.

Applicants to NMSA, a state-chartered, tuition-free performing and fine arts high school, are screened solely on measures of passion, promise and aptitude in the arts; formal arts training and academic background are not considered in the audition process, according to a news release.

As a statewide residential school, NMSA accepts applicants from all three New Mexico congressional districts and offers housing for those who live too far away to commute to Santa Fe.

To apply, visit and complete the application process.

As part of the application for the creative writing program, students submit five to eight pages of original work (excerpt from a longer piece, such as a short story or novel, a collection of poems, an essay or journalistic piece or a combination of any of these). The application deadline is midnight Saturday.

For more information, contact Francesca Rodriguez, director of admissions, at or 505-629-9245.

Udall seeks service academy nominations

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will begin accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies on Monday.

Four of the five service academies — the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy — require a congressional, vice presidential or service-connected nomination as part of the application process. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination.

Throughout April and May, members of Udall’s staff will host information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates interested in applying for the fall of 2020. A local session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 16 at the Santa Fe High School Activity Center.

Representatives from Udall’s office, the New Mexico congressional delegation and the military service academies will be available at the sessions to field questions from prospective applicants and parents.

Students have until Oct. 11 to submit an application. Applications can be submitted online at For more information, visit Udall’s website or contact his Albuquerque office at 505-346-6791.

SFCC career fair

Santa Fe Community College hosts its annual career, education and training resource fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the main hallway and Campus Center on the campus at 6401 Richards Ave.

There will be more than 50 employer and education representatives from local, regional and national businesses related to health care, hospitality, government, retail and management, law enforcement and more, according to a news release.

Representatives from education and training programs and employment services also will be present. Tables are still available. Visit for a registration form.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit SFCC’s Career Services in Room 204-G or contact Patty Armstrong, career services coordinator, at 505-428-1406 or

Santa Fe school board to host study session

The Santa Fe school board’s Finance Subcommittee will host a study session at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Educational Service Center, 610 Alta Vist St. The agenda includes 2019 legislative outcomes, budget process and timeline and board priorities.

ATC band to perform at Children’s Museum

The Academy for Technology and the Classics’ Marimba Band will perform at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday for an annual Earth Day event. Admission is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. The museum is located at 1050 Old Pecos Trail.

Los Alamos school to host Glow Run

Chamisa Elementary School in Los Alamos will hold a Glow Run the evening of April 26, with all participants receiving glow jewelry, snacks and water.

The run is open to children and adults; runners and walkers can choose between a 5K or a one-mile course. Register at The cost is $5 per person for the one-mile, $15 for participants 13 and over for the 5K, and $5 for children 3-12. Children under 3 can run for free.

Payment is due by 3 p.m. April 25, either online or with a check made payable to Chamisa PTO; drop off payment at the school or send by mail to Chamisa Elementary 301 Meadow Lane, White Rock, NM 87547.

A feature of the evening is the Underwater Glow Tunnel — a blacklight underwater-scape.

Check in starts at 6:15 p.m. Runners will take off at 7:30 p.m. for the 5K, followed by the one-mile runners at 7:40 p.m.

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