Chaparral High seniors Britney Basinger, Josue Vasquez, Jazzel Gutierrez, and Kevin Vigil were recognized by the Board for being awarded with a $750 scholarship from the Gadsden Education Foundation. At left is Yvette Lazarin, Foundation president.
Alta Vista Early College High School students Jesus Barraza and Daniela Gonzalez were the two Gadsden Foundation Scholarship winners.
Desert Pride Academy seniors winning Gadsden Foundation scholarships were Ricardo Delgado and Daniela Jimenez.
Gadsden High seniors winning Gadsden Foundation scholarships were Matthew Madrid, Zaira Martin, and Yvette Lira.
Santa Teresa High students winning Gadsden Foundation Scholarships were recognized by the Board of Trustees. Scholarship recipients were Victoria Lira, Salma Lopez, and Cynthia Lujan.
Betel Hernandez and her mom received recognition from the Board after the Santa Teresa senior was announced as being one of only 30 students in New Mexico winning the prestigious Daniels Scholarship. Betel will be attending Rice University where she is planning to major in Criminology with an emphasis in genetics and behavioral analysis. The scholarship is valued at $45,000 each year.
Alta Vista Early College High senior Jesus Barraza was selected by the Board as the New Mexico School Board Association Scholarship nominee from Gadsden ISD. Annually the NMSBA selects scholarship winners from students nominated from every NM school district.
Board members and Superintendent Efren Yturralde were surrounded by the geniuses from Chaparral Middle MESA (Mathematics Engineering, Science Achievement) Team winners at state and also eligible to advance to national competition. Sponsor Rina Viramontes, and Principal Marti Muela, at right, posed with the winning students who were also part of Team 4 advancing to national competition in Philadelphia, June 21-24. Students advancing to nationals competed in constructing a robotic prosthetic and were required to write a technical paper, create a poster, and give an oral presentation of their project.
The student representative for the April 20 Board meeting, Emily Radell, Chaparral High, poses with Superintendent Efren Ytrurralde at the conclusion of the Board meeting. During the academic year, a student representative sits with the Board and reports on activities and achievements of their school.