PRESS RELEASE - August 7, 2003
New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

SDE Announces New Mexico’s 2003-2004
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Winners

(Santa Fe, NM)—The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) today announced that 46 New Mexico high school graduates have been selected as Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholars for the 2003-2004 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 193 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 to students throughout New Mexico.

“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 2003-2004 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholars are:

ALAMOGORDO  
Alamogordo High School: Joshua Wheeler
ALBUQUERQUE
 
Albuquerque Academy:
Jeffrey LeVan
Eldorado High School:
Dustin Richard, Melanie Akau and Christopher Henderson
Hope Christian Schools:
Marissa Gibson, Jessika Morales and Erin Wofford
La Cueva High School:
Matthew De Louise, Neil Moonka and Jason Tenenbaum
Sandia High School:
Milessa Muchmore
Valley High School: Heather Yeo
ARTESIA
 
Artesia High School: Justin Clark and Abigail Podany
BLOOMFIELD  
Bloomfield High School: Courtney Slade
CARLSBAD  
Carlsbad High School: Jennifer Siepel
CLOUDCROFT  
Cloudcroft High School: Grant Howard
CLOVIS  
Clovis High School: Pranan Madhusudan and Geoff Vernon
ESPANOLA  
McCurdy High School: Philip Sanchez
FARMINGTON  
Farmington High School: Christan Curry, Brianne Douthit and Kyle Fraser
GADSDEN  
Gadsden High School: Jenifer Fleming
GALLUP  
Gallup High School: Matthew Conrad
Thoreau High School: Amy Oakes
HAGERMAN  
Hagerman High School: Jessica Griffin
LAS CRUCES  
Las Cruces High School: Mantissa Johnston and Meghan Quirk
Mayfield High School: Michelle McMillan
Onate High School: Ying Wang
LOS ALAMOS  
Los Alamos High School: Krista Meier, Terence Merritt, Matthew Thome and Mariana Uribe
LOS LUNAS  
Los Lunas High School: Justine Hall and Evan Ortiz
LOVINGTON  
Lovington High School: Michael McGuire
RIO RANCHO  
Rio Rancho High School: David DePuydt
ROSWELL  
Goddard High School: Taryn Russell
SANTA FE  
Santa Fe High School: Nicholas Knauer and Russell Scharf
Santa Fe Preparatory School: Loren Bienvenu
SILVER CITY  
Silver High School: Rebecca Ashton
Cliff High School: Kira Arnold

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships were first awarded in 1987 for the first year of study. The program, administered by the SDE, is federally funded.

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