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PRESS RELEASE

May 7, 2002

SDE Announces New Mexico's 2002-2003 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Winners

(Santa Fe, NM)—The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) today announced that 50 New Mexico high school seniors have been selected as Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholars for the 2002-2003 academic year.  The students will receive $1,500 annual scholarships, each year for up to four years, to apply toward college or university expenses anywhere in the United States.

 

The students were selected from among 245 applicants in the state based on their academic achievement and American College Test (ACT)/Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT®) scores.  Minimum eligibility requirements were a 3.5 grade point average and either a score of 27 on the ACT or 1220 on the SAT.  The scholarships were awarded regionally throughout New Mexico to ensure equity of access to all students.

 

 “It is an honor to recognize these outstanding students for their educational accomplishments.  Being named a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar is a tremendous achievement and reflects each student’s devotion to academic excellence,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis.

 

The 2002-2003 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholars are:

 

ALAMOGORDO

Alamogordo High School:               Jason Aragon and Steven Hamilton

 

ALBUQUERQUE

Albuquerque Academy:                  Erin Strange

Eldorado High School:                    Alaina Diehl, Amy Bishop, George Hagstrom and Benjamin Stern

Hope Christian Schools:                  Sarah Nimick and Adam Page

Manzano High School:                    Sorrel LaVigne

Sandia Preparatory School:             Mary Williamson

Valley High School:                        Ariel Bleicher and Edward Gentz

Victory Christian School                 Steven Grigsby

 

 

ARTESIA

Artesia High School:                       Kolbyn Joy

 

CARLSBAD

Carlsbad High School:                    Jilian Lunardon

 

CLOVIS

Clovis Christian School:                  David Bolyard

 

COBRE

Cobre High School:                        Aretha Amundson

 

ESPANOLA

McCurdy High School:                   Gretchen Ryan

 

FARMINGTON

Piedra Vista High School:               Alan Aldape and Evan Lamoreux

 

GALLUP

Gallup High School:                        Katie Campbell, Tiffany DiGiacomo, Carly Foreback,

                                                      Cheyenne Hollowthorn and Jennifer Mowrer

 

GADSDEN

Gadsden High School:                    Carrie Martin

 

HOBBS

Hobbs High School:                        Brandon Lackey and Amanda Millender

 

 

 

 

 

LAS CRUCES

Las Cruces High School:                 Clare Carrasco

Mayfield High School:                     Annemarie Steinhoff

Onate High School:                         Jessica Douglas, Joseph Flores and Anthony Marquez

 

LAS VEGAS CITY

Armand Hammer United World:     Ninya Loeppky

 

LOGAN

Logan High School:                        Lindy Pate

 

LORDSBURG

Lordsburg High School:                  Melissa Smith

 

LOS ALAMOS

Los Alamos High School:                Milo Lin, Deanna Oothoudt and Audrey Walstrom

 

LOVINGTON

Lovington High School:                   Megan Lester

 

ROSWELL

Goddard High School:                    Karen Hartman

Roswell High School:                      Jessica Bennett

 

SANTA FE

Santa Fe High School:                    Marita Campos-Melady

St. Michael’s High School:              Daniel Dennedy-Frank

 

SILVER CITY

Silver High School:                         Rhiannon Houch and Rita Shoup

Cliff High School:                            Kyle Skaggs

 

TAOS

Taos High School:                          Katherine Hohnholt

 

TUCUMCARI

Tucumcari High School:                  Vineet Patel

 

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships were first awarded in 1987 for the first year of study.  The program was expanded for the 1993-94 academic year.  Last year, New Mexico announced 53 scholars.  The program, administered by the SDE, is federally funded.

 

For more information on the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program, please contact Ralph P. Paiz, the SDE’s program coordinator, or Jenna M. Jaquez, assistant program coordinator, at (505) 827-6648.

 


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