Eighth-grader advances in Spanish spelling bee

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Alisa Boswell The competition grew in intensity Thursday as it got down to two final contestants — eighth-grade student Alejandro Munoz and fifth-grade student Magaly Najera. The words presented by announcer Antonia Salaz grew in difficulty in the final round of the Portales Municipal Schools’ annual Spanish spelling bee. It ended with Munoz winning, spelling […]

ENMU hosts science fair

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Argen Duncan Music tempo affecting heart rate … algae biofuel … robotic legs. Sixth- through 12th-graders exhibited projects featuring those topics and many more at the 53rd annual Southeastern New Mexico Regional Science Fair Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. Fair Director Kenwyn Cradock, also an ENMU assistant professor of biology, said 129 students were […]

Clovis family loses home, possessions in fire

Freedom New Mexico A local family needs assistance after losing their home near Ranchvale and belongings in a fire Sept. 25, said Clovis Municipal Schools family specialist Joe Moreno. Moreno said James Mitchel and Kendra Colwell and their children, fifth-grader Baily Colwell, first-grader Michael Colwell and 4-year-old Anthony Colwell, need clothes, household goods, cooking utensils, […]

Dora student wins gold in national writing contest

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer An intelligent young heroine, a mysterious redheaded girl and straw turning to gold star in the story that won a national award for a Roosevelt County eighth-grader. Katie Bickley, a Pep resident and Dora Consolidated Schools student, won a gold medal in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards […]

Valencia School fifth-grader wins Spanish spelling bee

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Valencia School fifth-grader Yacaranday De la Torre enjoyed participating in the Spanish Spelling Bee. Winning it Wednesday and advancing to state finals was even more fun. “I enjoy studying and spelling the words,” De la Torre said. This was Torre’s second time participating in the bee. It was sponsored […]

Dora news

Student wins Gold Key award Karen Cone, English teacher, announces that Dora eighth grader, Katie Bickley, has earned recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2010. Of 154,000 submissions, only 1,111 earned Gold Keys this year.

PJHS student wins county spelling bee for second time

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Hard work and study paid off for the winners of Saturday’s annual Roosevelt County Spelling Bee at Eastern New Mexico University. A dozen Roosevelt County students competed in the event. Winners included Portales Junior High School seventh-grader Mathew Sanchez, 12, who competed in the senior division, and Floyd Elementary […]

Education feature: RGH selects fourth grader’s card design

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Christmas cards rarely sport pictures of bones, but just such a design put one Portales fourth-grader at the top of the annual Roosevelt General Hospital Christmas card contest. Tanya Gomez, a Valencia Elementary School student, won the contest to design a radiology-themed Christmas card for the hospital. Her design […]

Holiday not too taxing

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Editors note: Freedom Newspapers has agreed not to publish the last names of the children in this story by request from the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales. Juggling an armful of clothing, a cell phone and four shopping lists, Sandi St. Clair took a break from her back-to-school […]

Area Spanish spellers travel

By Tony Parra Three students from eastern New Mexico will face their fears of getting up in front of a big crowd Saturday as well as the best Spanish spellers in New Mexico. The New Mexico Spanish Spelling Bee competition is the ultimate goal for the student spellers who speak Spanish. The spelling bee is […]