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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009 Amy Kvamme recieves her diploma AMS 8th grade class celebrates promotion By ELIZABETH RICHINSIHidalgo County Herald The Animas 8'" grade class, class of 2013. cel- ebrated their 8'h grade promotion on Thursday, May 28. The ceremony was held in the Animas Audito- rium at Animas Public Schools Garrett Massey, son of Dennis and Di Massey, was presented as the Su- perior Student, while Marlana Moore. daughter of David and Robin Moore. was named Outstanding Student. Both students gave excellent speeches. which were followed by academic awards and di- plomas. Afterwards. the 8th grade class invited all in attendance to join them in a reception in their honor. Cassie Walter and Tressa MeCurdy are ready for the ceremony! Email us at hcherald@ aznex.net or give us a call at 575.54.2.8705 Mikenzie Choate Garrett Massey- Superior Student Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed t~,~:12 E. Motel Drive. Ste. B. o~ can be e-mailed to hcherald@aznex.net. 0nly let- ters that are signed by ,the au- thor will be considered for publication. All letters '[hat are published should be e'0nsid- ered the opinion of the ~author, and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. -lats off to TUPAC To the Editor~ I am writing to let you know about some of the fine work that is being done in Hidalgo County schools towards youth tobacco use prevention. This past school year Bridget Payne, working for HMS as a subcontractor of The Wellness Coalition, has managed a peer education program that trains high school students to educate younger students on the hazards of tobacco use and pro- vide them skills to decline use when pressured. This year we have provided presentations reaching approximately 300 stu- dents. Through the hard work of Bridget and her 20+ peer mentors. we believe fewer of the school aged children in Hidalgo County will take up smoking or smoke- less tobacco use, saving them the associated health problems and heartache. The Wellness Coalition's to- bacco prevention and cessation work is funded through the New Mexico Department of Health Tobacco Use Prevention and Control (TUPAC) Program. TUPAC is funded through the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and funds schools based curriculum, free cessation services and community educa- tion project.s throughout the state of New Mexico. Anyone inter- ested in quitting tobacco may call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784- 8669) and receive free cessation services including counseling, support vnaterials and mcotine replacement therapy for adults. I urge anyone interested in quitting tobacco or their loved ones to call this number for more information. They may also call Hidalgo Medi- cal Services at 575-542-8384 for information on local cessation classes. Sincerely, Laura gamnarace The Wellness Coalition Save the Frames Dear Editor: Virginia ("Ginger") Morelos ]'Iernandez. Lordsburg High School Class of 1966. and former Lordsburg resident now living in Chino Hills, California. has do- nated $200.00 toward the ex- pense of restoring the '60s senior class picture frames. Ginger at- tended the '60s class reunion in October and fully supports the effort of saving the frames." We thank Ginger for her gen- erous contribution, which will pay for the restoration of three frames including her class of 1966. With Ginger's donation and donations from two ~other '60s classmates, a total of five frames will have been restored. We will ,continue our efforts to raise funds until all ten frames have been re- furbished. Edmund V. Saucedo Class of 1965 , families invitedto attend science, technology event Courtesy submission Students and families from throughout New Mexico are in- vited to participate in a fun-filled weekend of events this summer in Los Alamos. Los Alamos hosts "The Next Big Idea". a festival~of discovery, invention, and innova- tion on Saturday, July 18. On July 17. students in grades 7-12 may preregister to attend STEM Stu- dent Day, a day designed to edu- cate and inspire young people from throughout the state about careers in science, technology, FSA County Committee nominations begin June 15 C'onlinu~:i'f~'=om Page ~1 ....... elections ~e~vailable online at,: http:Hwww.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/ webapp?area=newsroomS~subject =landing&topic=cce. Nomination forms foi" the 2009 election must be post- marked or received in the local USDA ServiceCenter by close of business on Aug. 3. 2009. FSA county committee members make decisions on di- saster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commod- ity price support loan programs and other important agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide, there are more than 7.800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county commmees. Committees consist of three to five members who are elected by eligible local produc- ers. FSA will mail ballots to pro- ducers beginning Nov. 6th. The voted ballots are due back to the local county office either via mail or in person by Dec. 7. 2009. Newly elected committee members and alternates take of- fice Jan. I, 2010. For more information about County Committees please visit your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office or visit FSA online at http:H www.fsa.usda.gov. engineering, and math (STEM). The agenda for Friday's STEM Student Day event will include tours of the Bradbury Science Museum. technology demonstrations, interactive learn- lng sessions, and an opportunity to meet and talk with scientists~ inventors, and innovators about their careers. There are a limited number of spots, and pre-registra- tion is required by June 15. In- formation and registration is available at www.nextbigideaLA.com or you may call Fran Talley at 505-690- 4628. The Next Big Idea festival on Saturday is free and open to the public and will include displays; demonstrations, music, food. and hands-on activities for youth of all ages. Science and technology . ideas from around the state will be ota display at the festival's "Showcase of Ideas" and many of those showcases will prov.~de hands-on experiences. A popu- lar exhibit las-t year by LOS Alamos Visual Analytics gave the opportunity to experience the future of 3-D immersive virtual reality first-hand. In another ex- hibit, an Albuquerque, company exhibited practical devices for generating electricity from wind and water power. Yet another demonstrated an innovauve pro- cess for creating decorative,acces- sories for motorcycles. "We expect a similarly broad range of exhibits by researchers. tech entrepreneurs, and artisans who use technology in creating their art at this year'S event,' said Los Alamos MainStreet Manager Jeremy Varela. "We are still look- ing for more exhibitors." Re- searchers, inventors, and innova- tors from throughout New Mexico are invited to exhibit and can reg- ister online. The events wrap up on Saturday evening with The Next Big Show, an innovative performance sure to captivate. "We have great partners working on this in Los Alam,os National Bank. J~os Alamos Na- tional Laboratory, the Chamber of Commerce. and Innovate-Edu- cate New Mexico" said Varela. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce got involved with or- ganizing STEM Student Day af- ter learning about the difficulties of getting youth interested in ca- reers requiring science, technol- ogy, engineering, and math skills. "Increasing youth interest in STEM education is a problem of national importance" said Cham- ber Executive Director Kevin Holsapple. "Fewer and fewer stu- dents have been going into pro- fessions of science and technol- ogy and that is an important con- cern for business. We need talent developed in these areas or we will be at a competitive disadvan- tage with the rest of the world that dould ultimately harm the future prosperity of our country." Innovate-Educate New Mexico joined in the effort to make help make STEM Student Day an event that will get youth interested. Innovate-Educate fo- cuses on building cooperation between educators, businesses. and government to strengthen P- 20 education programs. Jamai Blivin, executive director of In- novate-Educate NM, said that she returned to work in New Mexico because the state, with two na~ tional labs, is critical in leading STEM efforts. "I hope the students that at- tend this event will be sparked with innovative ideas on how they can one day be part of New Mexico's 'next big idea'," said Blivin. "They will meet others. like scientists, educators, and fel- low students who they can con- nect with to have more experi- ences that will get them engaged and involved in STEM." Information about the events and registration for students and ~xhibitors are available online at www.NextBigldeaLA.com or by contacting Jeremy Varela at Jvarela @ losalamos.org. The weekend of events are a prodt~c- tion of Los Alamos MainStreet in collaboration with Los Alamos County, Los Alamos National Bank. Los Alamos National Laboratory, Innovate-Educate New Mexico, and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.