Swimming, spending time with family and traveling top summer fun list

By Kevin Baird and Eric Norwood Jr.

CMI staff writers

July 4 is about the halfway point of summer vacation in eastern New Mexico, so we checked to see what area youths have been doing to stay busy. What we found ranged from a toddler who loves snakes to a 16 year old balancing work, summer classes and sports. And a lot in between.

• Dace Harmon, 8, will be attending Sandia Elementary School in Clovis as a third grader. He said he has spent most his summer fishing at Greene Acres and Dennis Chavez Lakes.

“I caught a walleye at Ute Lake, and on Wednesday night,” Harmon said, “I caught a 7-pound catfish at Greene Acres Lake.”

Harmon said he is also reading “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and he plans on going to Six Flags next week. But most of all he said he wants to keep fishing.

CMI staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr. Sam Bertrand, 4, pulls weeds at his grandmother’s house in Portales. Sam lives in Clovis, but spends his days at his grandmother’s house with his two older brothers and younger sister.

CMI staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Sam Bertrand, 4, pulls weeds at his grandmother’s house in Portales. Sam lives in Clovis, but spends his days at his grandmother’s house with his two older brothers and younger sister.

• Sam Bertrand, 4, of Portales hangs out at his grandmother Judy Crume’s house during the summer.

“I pull weeds,” he says of what he does during the summer.

“I rode a train,” said Bertrand. According to Crume, they went on a scenic train ride from Chama to Antonito, Colo.

• Alison Zavislak, 9, will be a fourth-grader at Mesa Elementary School in Clovis. She said she has spent most of her summer outside playing house, hide and seek, and tag. She said she also went to Albuquerque to see the aquarium.

• Ethan Cerioni, 2, who was at the Hillcrest Park Zoo, would only speak of snakes.. He excitedly asked his parents to take him back to the snakehouse.

• Skyler Rhyne, 5, is going to be a kindergartner at Iraan Elementary School in Iraan, Texas. He said he has been visiting his aunt, Josie Paquette in Clovis. They took him to the zoo where he lingered, watching a playful otter.

Back home in Texas, Rhyne said, “My dad swings me on the swing, he takes me roller-skating, and to go play laser tag”

• Steven Calderon, 15, is going to be a sophomore at Clovis High School. Calderon said he has spent a lot of time with family and friends from Santa Fe. He has been playing basketball and the video game “Call of Duty Black Ops II.” He said later this month he will help his grandmother move from Santa Fe to Clovis.

• Kimora Darden, 7, is living in Clovis for the summer. She said swimming, particularly jumping into the pool, has been the most exciting thing this summer. She also traveled to Albuquerque and Gallup.

• Kianna Darden is Kimora’s little sister. The 5 year old said she has gotten to go to the zoo and Casel-Land, where she went mini golfing and drove go carts. But her favorite thing about this summer has been spending time with her family. She also saw “Monsters University,” which Kianna Darden said was, “funny, crazy, and weird.” But she liked the movie.

• Xandria Dobbins, 7, of Portales went to Paducah, Ky., for a wedding. “My Uncle DeeDee and my aunt Charity got married,” she said. While in Portales, Xandria says she goes to the Portales Recreation Center, where she plays games and goes to the skate park. “We even went to Casel-Land and we went fishing.”

• Danielle O’Leary is 16 years old and she is taking summer classes at Clovis Community College. She will be a senior this year at Clovis High School. She said she is also working about 25 hours a week at Java Loft, and has been going to soccer practice.

She said she doesn’t mind being busy because she is not bored.

• “We come here (the pool in Portales) a couple times a week,” said Draben Devenport, 14. He was there swimming with his sister Jaelynn Devenport, 10, and step-brother Taylor Robertson, 17.

Taylor and Draben have spent their summer playing wrestling video games, playing catch outside, and swimming. Jaelynn likes to watch “Adventure Time” and “Amazing World of Gumball” on TV.

CMI staff photo: Kevin baird Semaj Williams, right, plays a game of one-on-one with his brother Xavier Nelson on Friday at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. Both boys say they’ve spent a lot of time playing basketball.

CMI staff photo: Kevin baird
Semaj Williams, right, plays a game of one-on-one with his brother Xavier Nelson on Friday at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. Both boys say they’ve spent a lot of time playing basketball.

• Semaj Williams is 14 and he will be attending the CHS Freshman Academy in the fall. He said he has spent his summer swimming and playing basketball at the Roy Walker center.

He said the most fun he has had is basketball workouts for the Freshman Academy basketball team. Since that camp is over he is looking towards football.

He has also gotten to visit his grandmother in Santa Rosa and swim in the Blue Hole.

• “I go to the library, I play video games at my friend’s house, and I go to Ram Shooting, too,” says Kameron Shelton, 12 of Portales.

Kameron says he gets on the computer at the library, as well as checking out books for him and his little brother.

Ram Shooting is a daily basketball exercise held at Portales High School during June.

“We beat a high school team,” says Kameron, who will enter seventh grade this fall.

He has also gotten to visit his grandmother in Santa Rosa and swim in the Blue Hole.

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