Higher aspirations

Editor’s note: This is the third in a weekly series this month on students entering their senior year of high school.

By Eric Norwood Jr.

PNT staff writer


Shelden Breshears and Leslie Bohn enter their senior years at Dora High School with high expectations and higher aspirations.

Shelden Breshears has a 3.4 overall grade point average and wants to attend the University of Oklahoma.

Shelden Breshears Maintains a 3.4 overall GPA

Shelden Breshears
Maintains a 3.4 overall GPA

“I want to go to OU and study meteorology. I want to be a storm chaser,” said Breshears. College is a year away, so Breshears has kept himself busy with clubs, sports and his faith.

Future Farmers of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, baseball and his church youth group are just some of the things that take up his time.

He placed second at the 2013 Carrizozo Invitational Career Development Event in the Homesite division for FFA in March. Breshears also played right field for the Dora Coyotes his junior year and serves as the manager for the basketball team.

“I used to play basketball from sixth to tenth grade. I stopped playing to focus on other things, but I still wanted to be a part of the team so I became manager,” said Breshears, who has also been raising pigs since the fourth grade and will be showcasing his best at the upcoming Roosevelt County Fair.

“Shelden is very reliable,” said Marcus Campbell, Breshears’ youth minister. “He’s definitely been one of the most consistent to our youth group. Not just his presence but with his character and the example he sets for the younger kids.”

Leslie Bohn is also in FFA at Dora High School, and has won her share of events.

She was part of the Pasture and Range judging team that won first place in New Mexico District IV last year.

“We placed third at state the past two years, but this year we’re gonna kick butt,” said the competitive Bohn, who also plays volleyball and basketball for the Lady Coyotes. She has been playing basketball since first grade, and volleyball since fifth grade.

Though she has been playing basketball longer, she admits volleyball is her top choice.

Leslie Bohn Volleyball is sport of choice

Leslie Bohn
Volleyball is sport of choice

Bohn hasn’t decided which college she wants to attend, but her 3.75 gpa, (including a 4.0 last year) will help when the time comes to choose. She says she wants to be a dental hygienist.

“Leslie is a hard worker,” said Karen Cohn, a teacher at Dora schools. “She is involved in a lot of things on campus and is just a great all-around kid.”

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