By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer
Floyd High School senior Adriana Abaraca will represent New Mexico at a Hispanic student conference to be held this weekend in Albuquerque.
She was chosen from 10 applicants to participate on a panel during the Celebrating Educational Opportunities for Hispanic Students Conference, according to Elizabeth Egelhoff, programs director for the New Mexico School Boards Association.
She will serve on a four-person panel including a female undergraduate college student from Arizona, a male graduate student from Texas and a young male professional from California.
Each of the panel representatives will share their educational goals, success and obstacles they have overcome, said Egelhoff.
“It’s an honor for her family and our district,” said Floyd Superintendent Paul Benoit.
“I am very excited that I was nominated and won,” Abarca said.
The 16th annual conference focuses on issues and challenges confronting school districts throughout the Southwest.
Abarca is in the top of her class, carrying a 4.0 grade-point average. She is also a very hard worker, and takes her responsibilities seriously, Benoit said.
Born into a bilingual family, Abarca uses her fluency in English and Spanish to help as a student and office aide.
Abarca is also involved in sports and an active member of the FFA, serving as the chapter president. She is also taking college courses at Clovis Community College and involved in her church youth group, she said.
“My parents have always been pushing me and I am very thankful for that,” Abarca said.
Abarca has also been nominated for a National Honor Society scholarship and has received the Portales Rotary Club Student of the Month award, she said.
David Abarca Sr. said his daughter has worked hard to overcome negative peer pressure that she faces in school and in society. He says his daughter has learned well the consequences and benefits of her actions — something he says he’s worked hard to communicate to her.
Working alongside her father, who has a construction and welding background, has allowed Abarca the opportunity to gain skills that she can utilize in life, her father said.
This is something that she enjoys doing, especially the designing and building of a project, Abarca said.
“I’m very proud of her and thankful for all she’s accomplished at school,” Abarca Sr. said.