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Academics In Motion Congrats grads!

June 2018 Vol. 1, No. 8

A look at graduates from area schools in 2018!

A publication of

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Report from Knoxville: What WME students got from Global Finals! - Page 4

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A fond farewell to a dream I

n years past, I’ve seen men and women in what I would consider “dream jobs” – coaching big-time college or professional teams, CEOs of major corporations, publishers of major newspapers – leaving and citing their reasons for doing it as “family concerns.” I never really understood those decisions then. In my mind, they had made it! They were successful! In some cases, they were doing the type of job I desperately wanted! How could they possibly be unhappy? Now I’ve had a dream job – the dream of owning my own business and

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writing about what I want – for four years as the head of FuquaSports and FuquaMedia, publishing stories that I’ve been passionate about. The passion hasn’t died, but the realities of life have risen and now I must say goodbye to this dream. This issue of Academics In Motion is the last publication to be printed by Fuqua Media. I’m a one-man band here. I’ve written almost every word, taken almost every photo, sold and built almost every ad, and I’ve distributed every one of these magazines by hand after driving to Santa Fe monthly

to pick them up from the Santa Fe New Mexican. The business isn’t losing money – I could conceivably keep doing this for the rest of my life. But it isn’t enough for me to be comfortable, either. I’m finding it hard to provide for my family. I have to give a huge thanks to all those who believed in me and supported me these past four years: • My parents, who always knew their boy would grow up to do something great. • All the sponsors who purchased ads both in these magazines and on my websites. Without you, this would never have been sustainable. • Members of the community who saw what I was

doing and got it, who understood what I was trying to do. I saw a need and tried to fill it. • Above all else, I must thank my wife, Anna, who convinced me to start this in January of 2014 and cheered me on as I tried to make it fly. She’s always been by my side through thick and thin, and I wouldn’t be anywhere good without her. It’s painful to end this, sure, but I’ve already made peace with it. I look forward to what the future will bring for me, and I’m hoping sometime, down the road, I might get the opportunity to do this kind of thing again, for the wonderful community of Ruidoso and Lincoln County.

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In this issue: 4 – ON THE COVER

After months of hard work and planning, team Mur Mur Deef Em, representing White Mountain Elementary, got to represent Ruidoso at Global Finals, and Academics In Motion was there!

22 – High Mountain Bed Race Make that the GREAT High Mountain Bed

8-21 – Congrats grads!

23 – Area youth visit D.C.

We use our pages for one last chance to honor high school graduates from every school in the area. Way to go!

21 – Fire safety

One student discusses what he learned from Forest Rangers about thsi important subject.

22 – Boys and Girls club Summer means plenty of activity on Horton

Drive for all children under 18 in Lincoln Coun-

Race – the second annual even – run to benefit the High Mountain Youth Project in Ruidoso.

Students from Capitan, Cloudcroft, Corona and Mescalero get to see this nation’s capital thanks to your neighborhood electrical coopereative.

24 – RMS promotion

Middle school students no more, these Ruidoso Middle School Warriors are making the jump to high school as freshmen when school starts back up in August.


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Cover story

Bringing back memories

By Todd Fuqua

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No matter how much work or preparation went into their trip to Global Finals last month, there wasn’t much that could get team Mur Mur Mur Deef Em ready for all that awaited them on the University of Tennessee campus. That’s because it threatened to be all so overwhelming to a group of students from White Mountain Elementary, state champions in their Destination Imagination division and one of only three teams to make the trip east from New Mexico. “I was really worried

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Team Mur Mur Mur Deef Em (l-r, Titus Rust, Jacob Light, Lily Lewis, Zoey Wheeles, Gwen Fuqua, Madison Lutterman and Gillian Stephens) prepare to perform at Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn.

they’d be completely overwhelmed,” said Jennifer Staski, gifted teacher at

White Mountain Elementary and Ruidoso Middle School. “But they rocked it. They went above and beyond with the way they represented themselves, their school and how they behaved.” Destination Imagination is a worldwide creativity and problem-solving competition, with five categories and four divisions in each category, from elementary school through college. The White Mountain team voted to compete in the service learning category, which this year had the

theme of Inside Impact. In this category, teams had to choose some sort of community service project, keep track of how they were making a difference with their project, and create a presentation to show judges what they had done in an entertaining manner. That included the creation of a box that transformed in some manner to illustrate what they had learned and done. Also part of the competition is the instant challenge, in which team members

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Students from the New Mexico delegation at Global Finals walk onto the floor at Boling Thompson Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., May 23, during opening ceremonies.

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and more from Global Finals

Photo by Todd Fuqua

After their performance, Team Mur Mur Mur Deef Em got to partake in the traditional destruction of their props. The box and props had to be driven all the way to Knoxville, Tenn. from Ruidoso by Madison Lutterman’s parents and grandparents.

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were given a problem to solve in a specific amount of time. Total score on the instant challenge added into the overall team score. Staski wasn’t alone accompanying the team to Knoxville, as four parents came along as chaperones to help shepherd the kids across campus from event to event. Among the chaperones was Luther Light, father to fourth grade team member Jacob Light and president of the Ruidoso Municipal School Board. “It was a great opportunity for those kids, and they availed themselves of as

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much stuff as was there,” Light said. “I’m glad Jacob got to go for that reason. I’d love to see more kids to go for all that.” “When we first found they had won state and were invited to Global Finals, it was more than I could believe,” said Rebecca Rust, mother to fourth grader Titus Rust. “We were happy with State, then, surprise! There was something bigger for them.”

Events included an opening ceremony at the Thompson Boling Arena, home to the Tennessee Volunteer basketball teams and now host to the largest creativity conference in the world. The WME kids were right in the middle of it, entering the floor with teams from Portales and Aztec, representing New Mexico as they would if they were walking in to the Olympics opening

ceremonies. “It was amazing, I couldn’t believe we were doing this,” said Madison Lutterman, 10, a fourth grader on the team. “I felt like we were part of something big.” The Olympics provides another interesting analogy. New Mexico was a very small contingent, particularly when compared with behemoths like Texas, California or China. There were 50 teams alone in team Mur Mur Mur Deef Em’s division. The huge amount of competition meant the chances of a New Mexico team taking home a medal were slim. But Staski said she hopes her students learned from the experience and can use it as inspiration to do better in the future. “I hope they realize they did this incredible thing to win state and compete on this huge level, with a little

bit of information and experience,” Staski said. “What they can accomplish is only based on the limits they set themselves. I want them to see what the other kids their age were doing. There’s no reason that they can’t do it too.” Fifth grader Gwen Fuqua, 11, will be in middle school next year, along with team members Zoey Wheeles and Lily Lewis. She’s hoping to get back next year with the improved knowledge they have of what’s expected in Tennessee. “A lot of teams integrated their infographics into their play, which saved more time,” Fuqua said. “We should definitely incorporate our infographics into our play if we can go back.” After their competitions were over, there were plenty of fun and informative things to do as well, including a science workshop, a musi-

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Madison Lutterman takes a ride on the NASA gyroscope during the STEM Expo at the Knoxville Convention Center.

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Madison Lutterman, left, and Gwen Fuqua take part in a mock disaster drill, sponsored by Motorola, during the STEM Expo at the Knoxville Convention Center.

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cal workshop which saw the students coming up with an original song and dance routine, and the Duct Tape Ball. That’s when the creativity really came out, as students from every category and across age groups came to Thompson Boling Arena for a huge costume ball, in which the costumes were made with, yes, duct tape. Team Mur Mur Mur Deef Em decided to go with a 50s theme, with the girls in poodle skirts and the boys wearing slick “leather” jackets, all made out of duct tape. There wasn’t a contest or anything, it was just a way for kids to have fun with their creativity. “One of my favorite costumes was a girl dressed up like a sushi roll,” Lutterman said. Without a doubt, though, the kids’ favorite thing all week was the pin trading. Almost every country, state or team at Global Finals had its own pin, and Team Mur Mur Deef Em was no exception. Some of them were pretty elaborate, they lit up, they were animated, they came in sets, and the kids were trying to get them all. “You got to see where other people were from.

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The team all dressed up for the Duct Tape Ball (l-r) Jennifer Staski, Gillian Stephens, Titus Rust, Madison Lutterman, Jacob Light, Zoey Wheeles, Lily Lewis, Gwen Fuqua and Luther Light.

Guatemala, China, Mexico, Turkey and a bunch of other places,” said Titus Rust. “And it’s fun to collect pins and say that you got to meet someone that was from that place.” “I learned to advocate for myself. When we were pin trading, a lot of kids wanted to make trades that I thought were unfair,” Fuqua said. “But there were so many cool pins!”

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There were all sorts of pins to trade at Global Finals, including one designed exclusively for Team Mur Mur Mur Deef Em.

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Ruidoso High School Class of

2018 Andrew Abbott

Juan Aguilar

Alexis Aguirre-Holguin

Mary Applin

Easton Archer

Alycia Badillo

Adrian Bastardo

Levi Beaty

Crystal Beaver

Garrett Beets

Ethan Belin

Logan Birdsong

Hailee Blake

Cisco Bob III

Macey Boyiddle

Kyle Bradburn

Edder Bravo

Johnnette Campbell

Jerod Candelaria

Aldo Cardenas

Valeria Castillo

Elizabeth Cervantes

Esperanza Chavez

Naomi Chavez

Sarah Cordova

Alexander Davis

Lauren Denney

Gabriela Davis

Brianna Douds

Joshua Duncan

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Ruidoso High School Sierra Edmister

Maria Escalera

Alejandra Esparza

Jay Espinoza

Hailey Evans

Kathryn Fernandez

Carlos Fierro

Jesus Flores

Aaron Forster

Connor Galicia

Jeremiah Garcia

Winter Garcia

Breck Gavin

Krissy Gillock

Yustine Gomez

Alina Gonzalez

Valeria Hernandez

Javier Herrera-Picazo

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Karina Herrera

Uriah Hornedeagle

Amy Hough

Miranda Huband

Andrew Jimenez

Morgan Johnson

Angel Kaydahzinne

Mariah Lanik

Dustin Lyon

Enrique Macias

Joshua Mader

Ingrid Maheng

Lacie Marez

Jay Marrufo

Guadelupe Martinez

Maria Valeria Martinez

Mason McClain

Kamrin McClellan

Tyler McClendon

Ian McClure

DeShante Mendez

Andrea Mendoza

Ruendy Merino-Rivera

Wesley Moore

Amairany Munoz

Jazmine Nava

Isaiah Otero

Amaris Montes

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The stage sits empty as the audience awaits the arrivals of the Ruidoso High 2018 graduates at commencement, May 19, at W.D. Horton Stadium. AIM June 2018

Breck Gavin, Valedictorian and Distinguished Warrior, addresses her fellow graduates at commencement ceremonies at W.D. Horton Stadium. “I can honestly say RHS made me a better person,� she said. Page 11

Ruidoso High School Deven Palmer

Devynee Palmer

Kayla Parker

Calli Patterson

Anton Perez

Coco Peso

Larrena Pinto

Julien Polaco

Sebastian Polendo

Briza Reyes

Crystal Reyes

Samuel Reyes

Robert Roller

Christian Ruiz-Martinez

Hannah Sandoval

Jesus Segura

Christian Shendo

Julie Slaten

Tamia Smooth

Brennam Stewart

Gabriel Taylor

Rylan Tercero

Pearl Tissnolthtos

Delilah Treas

Jordan Wallace

Grady Woodul

Chloe Yankee

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Ruidoso senior Josh Mader, right, receives a hug from RHS teacher and father Dave Mader after he gave him his diploma, May 19, at RHS Commencement ceremonies at W.D. Horton Stadium. Page 12

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Confetti rains down on the crowd as they celebrate Ruidoso High graduates at the 2018 Commencement ceremonies at W.D. Horton Stadium.

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Capitan High School Class of

2018 Dana Atchley

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Priya Bhakta

Price Bowen

Faith Burch

Julianna Carrillo

Tucker Diamond-Ames

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Capitan High School Dakota Dowdell

Ethan Dunn

Stephen Ellison

August Forster

Gabriel Gallegos

Stephen Gutierrez

Deananna Hair

Triston Hall

Dakota Hazen

Caleb Hightower

Meghan Holm

James Keith

Tanner Lowrance

James Mitchell

Domingo Montes

Emily Pope

Kylie Pruett

Adrianna Romero

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Capitan High School Wyatt Schriver

Jacob Smith

Shelby Southard

Dominique Valadez

Clay Stearns

Sterling Violette

Tommy Stephens

Maddison Tracey

Samantha Walton

Carrizozo High School Class of

2018 Angel Autrey

Hailey Barela

Mikhail Barela

Violette Benavidez

Xavier Zamora

Nikko Chavez

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Hondo High School Class of

Joyce Ann Cooper

Chase Dictson

Jazmin Jurado

Nayeli Madrid-Ramirez

Glenda Martinez

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Lorenzo Morales

2018 Karla Noriega

Rosalva Nunez

Jorge Flores

Melissa Guillen

Maria Lucero

Carolina Salcido

Bryten Villa

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Corona High School graduates (l-r) Connor Cox, Jim Racher and Amira Richardson stand before recieving their diplomas.

Mescalero High School Class of

Shane Antonio

Timiya Balatche

Katherine Blake

Ozren Cochise

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Jeremy Begay

Jeremiah Blake

Sharena Burgess

Lily Comanche

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Mescalero High School Thomas Evan

Mihlene Hosetosavit-Bigmouth

Alex Kaydahzinne

Malachai Kaydahzinne

Nelson Kaydahzinne

Matias LaPaz

Penny Largo

Tyanna Largo

James Little-Youngman, Jr.

Arianna Mangas

Dashawn Monte

Eulalia Peganse

Kyle Pellman

Tierney Shanta

Elizabeth Tsinnijinnie

Andrea Valenzuela

Hailee Williams

Katelyn Yuzos

Teaching kids fire safety

EDITOR’S NOTE: From March through May, I (Todd Fuqua) began teaching an after-school journalism class to students at White Mountain Elementary, with the purpose of showing them the realities of writing and publishing. This story and photo is one of the results of their efforts. By Justin Mendez Today I’m going to tell you about my field trip with my class to Cedar Creek. When we got there the whole 4th grade was there. As we walked in to the creek there was a whole lot of people. We were there to learn of a lot of stuff that we did not know. There was a Smokey Bear station, there was a hiking station a campus station a tent station a fire truck station and finally they had a learn about animals station. Our fist station was the Smokey Bear station. They asked us questions and we had to give them answers to get prizes. If we get the answers wrong you would still get a prize which is still awesome. AIM June 2018

Our next station was the tent station, where we set up a tent with some help. We put the poles in the tent and in the cover. After we set up the tent, we put the cover over the tent to protect people from the rain. My favorite was the Smokey Bear station, where you got to get prizes. I got a bandanna, comic book, a slap bracelet a pin and a Frisbee. We learned the importance of not playing with fire because it can destroy a whole forest or town and injure or even kill people and animals. I am glad we got to experience this and learn how dangerous wildfires can be! Page 21

Boys and Girls club gears up for summer Another school year has come and gone, and the staff and children at Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Blanca have moved on to summer programs. With summer now upon Ruidoso, things have kicked into high gear at the Boys and Girls Club, with hours running weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer also means free summer meals at the club, with no strings attached to the nutritious USDAapproved meal. The meal program began in May and runs every Monday through Friday through Aug. 13, the lone exception being July 4. The Club provides a free lunch and afternoon snack to all kids 18 and under. Meals are provided on a first come, first served basis until the food runs out each day. Lunch at the Club is served from noon to 12:30 p.m. with an afternoon snack from 3-3:15 p.m. Lunch is also served at All American Park in Ruidoso Downs from noon to 12:20 p.m.

Summer Spanish tutoring For parents seeking a Spanish tutor this summer for their children, Maxine Anchondo is starting individual tutoring classes.

She also can tutor in other areas. Please call for hourly cost and specific tutoring information at 575808-2919.

Great High Mountain Bed Race rolls through town Sudderth Dr. saw some of the wackiest racing Ruidoso sees all year, as the second annual Great High Mountain Bed Race, to benefit the High Mountain Youth Project, powered its way through Midtown, June 2. Besides the actual race, there was also a green chile cookoff, held at Wingfield Park next to the finish line. High achievers for this year’s race were: 1, (12) 3:29 Freshboyz; 2, (1) 4:06.76 Pinnacle Realty; 3, (2) 4:27 AmeriCorps; 4, (10) 4:31 City Bank; 5, (5) 4:32 State Police; 6, (9) 4:40 Ruidoso Middle School Braves; 7, (3) 5:14 Natural Helpers; 8, (8) 5:59 Land Titles; 9, (7) 6:10 Sheriff’s Department; 10, (4) 6:17 Ruidoso Animal Clinic; 11, (6) 6:17 Ruidoso High School Cheer Best Decorated: Ruidoso Animal Clinic Cone Eater: RHS Cheer People’s Choice: Land Titles

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Green Chile Cook-Off 1) Mario 2) Ranchers 3) Rio Grande People’s Choice: Chef Brendan

The people’s choice, Chef Brendan

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Area students make the trip to D.C. By Todd Fuqua

Six area students have returned from a prestigious trip to our nation’s capital, learning about our government along the way. Thanks to the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour and sponsored by Otero Electric Cooperative, area high school students Hailey Bigmouth of Mescalero, Haleigh Haven of Cloudcroft, and Dakota Hazen and Kylie Pruett made the all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 8-15.

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Corona’s Cooper Autrey, far left, shows off his state pride with fellow Youth Tour members.

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Corona’s Cabel Cox shows off the many state pins he’s collected.

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From left, Haleigh Haven, Haley Bigmouth, Kylie Pruett and Dakota Hazen visit the Washington Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Additionally, Corona High School Students Cabel Cox and Cooper Autrey went, sponsored by Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative. More than 1,800 students from rural America were part of this, visiting the capital to do more than just see the monuments and museums. They also interacted with elected officials and got an on-the-scene education about our nation’s history. Among the more memorable events

was a ceremony in which Cox got to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The week concluded with Youth Day, with a gathering of delegates from around the country and featured speakers. Counting the numerous chaperones, more than 2,100 people took part in the tour. Having been nominated by their local cooperatives, Bigmouth, Haven, Hazen, Pruett, Cooper and Cox not only learned about their government, they attended leadership training and learned the purpose of electric co-ops in their hometowns.

RMS promotion sees eighth graders through to high school The Class of 2022 got its sendoff from middle school in May, as the Ruidoso 8th graders were officially promoted to high school to become ninth graders and full Warriors. Good luck to them and to all students as they prepare for a new school year in August.

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Academics In Motion, June 2018  

Lincoln County New Mexico's education report, covering all things academic in the Ruidoso area.

Academics In Motion, June 2018  

Lincoln County New Mexico's education report, covering all things academic in the Ruidoso area.