SFCC announces graduation speaker
Santa Fe Community College announced Santa Fe Municipal Court Judge Virginia Vigil will provide the keynote address to the 460 graduates of the Class of 2019. Commencement begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Witter C. Fitness Center.
Vigil, who previously served as a two-term county commissioner, was the community college’s lobbyist for a decade, pushing for the creation of the Santa Fe Higher Education Center and the Trades and Advanced Technology Center.
A former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, Vigil has been an attorney for more than 28 years. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Colorado and received a Master of Arts and law degree from the University of New Mexico.
Two students also will address the class. Manuel Kavanaugh, 20, will receive an Associate in Applied Science in welding technology and a certificate in welding technology.
Linda Peña, 36, will graduate with an Associate of Arts in business administration and an Associate of Arts in accounting. The Santa Fe mother of four has worked hard toward her goal of graduating before her eldest child graduates from high school. Peña began working at the college as a student in 2012 and now works as a full-time staff accountant in financial services.
A live stream of the ceremony will be available during and after the event on the college’s YouTube channel.
SFPS board to discuss budget
The Santa Fe school board’s finance subcommittee will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at the Educational Services Center, 610 Alta Vista St., to discuss next school year’s budget.
Davis Scholars honored
The Davis New Mexico Scholars were honored at a ceremony Friday night in Santa Fe. The scholarship covers the full cost of attendance for college-ready New Mexican students who will be in the first generation in their families to pursue a college degree. Here are the recipients listed by name, high school and the college they will be attending:
Manuel Armendariz Castro: South Valley Academy and Loyola Marymount University
Joshua Jaden Carlston: Kirtland Central High School and St. Edward’s University
Derek Adrian Carlton: Santa Fe High School and Loyola Marymount
Marissa Ashley Chavez: The MASTERS Program and University of Portland
Jacqueline Espinoza Vargas: Capital High School and St. Edward’s
Gabriel Tobias Falkner: Santa Fe Prep and University of Denver
Pablo Antonio Garcia: Santa Fe High and Loyola Marymount
Alejandro Gutierrez: Santa Fe High and Loyola Marymount
Daniela Gutierrez: Capital High and University of Portland
Mariana Hernandez Flores: Academy for Technology and the Classics and St. Edward’s
Emily Elizabeth Hilla: Santa Fe Prep and University of Denver
Araceli Lara: Monte del Sol Charter School and University of Portland
Savanna Beth Leyba: MASTERS and Lawrence University
Lucia Pamela Lopez: Santa Fe High and University of Portland
Oscar A. Loya: United World College and Lawrence
Nia Monique Moquino: Santa Fe Prep and University of Portland
Antonio Michael Ortega: New Mexico School for the Arts and University of Denver
Karina Julissa Peña: Monte del Sol and Loyola Marymount
Kevin Pereira Leon: Capital High and University of Denver
Naomi Karel Perez: South Valley Academy and University of Denver
Stephan Railey: Academy for Technology and the Classics and St. Edward’s
Trent Allen Redden: Native American Community Academy and Southwestern University
Edgar Sanchez: Española Valley High School and University of Denver
Shyla Sharma: Academy for Technology and the Classics and St. Edward’s University
Erik Soto Vazquez: Santa Fe High and Loyola Marymount
Brayan Alexis Vazquez Galindo: South Valley Academy and Loyola Marymount
Marina Lee Wrighy: Santa Fe High and University of Denver
NMSA students take first at NYC Jazz Festival
The New Mexico School for the Arts Jazz Combo was honored with the First Place — Most Outstanding Group award at the Manhattan Concert Productions’ 2019 New York City Jazz Festival in April.
In addition, Adam Griffo (alto saxophone), Malachi Roberts (drums) and Weston Winkler (guitar) were named Outstanding Soloists at their soldout performance. The combo was the first-ever New Mexico high school jazz ensemble to attend the festival.
Other members of the group are Trevor Bass (vibraphone), Chantel Beals (flute), Gideon Buchleiter (keyboard), Dylan Krell (trumpet) and Rio Manzanares (bass).
They were led under the direction of Orlando Madrid.
SFCC offers GED summer courses
The registration period for Santa Fe Community College GED preparation classes is open for new students through May 31. Classes begin June 3 in Spanish and English. Returning students may register May 28 through 31. For more information, call 505-428-1356 or visit sfcc.edu/adult.education/ged.
Classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. Classes conducted in Spanish are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays.
New students are required to attend the four-day orientation from May 28-31. The orientation is offered from 9 a.m. to noon or 5 to 8 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to meet with an adviser and register for classes.
A $25 fee covers classes and class materials.