Caitlin Riordan named to all-state volleyball team
Rio Ranch High School senior Caitlin Riordan was named as All-State Setter in November after her team won their second straight 5A state championship. She joined four of her teammates, with whom she has played since graduating from Placitas Elementary, on the all-state team.
“Nine of us were seniors and we have been playing together for over six years,” said Riordan. “We wanted to go out with a bang.” She added that she plans to “get into the groove” at Eastern New Mexico University before trying out for the volleyball team.
Bernalillo High School places third in tournament
Coach Steve Lucero’s efforts to bring wrestling to Bernalillo are starting to pay off. His Bernalillo High School team placed third last last month out of the ten teams in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational. Against wrestlers from mostly larger schools, Constante Gallegos placed first and Travis Keyonnie took second. Diego Belazco, Greg Lucero, and Victor Alvarenga placed third. This fine showing came after winning the Grants Invitational on January 2. Three wrestlers placed in the St Michaels Invitational on January 16.
The wrestling team also participated in a team dual tournament in Gunnison Colorado, placing fourth out of twelve teams. They were the only team representing New Mexico, and beat three of the five teams they wrestled.
Mara Ghadimi of Placitas makes dean’s list at Beloit
Beloit College has announced that sophomore Mara Ghadimi of Placitas has achieved academic distinction during the fall term of the academic year and has been named to the dean’s list, which recognizes students who have maintained at least a 3.4 cumulative grade point average for the semester.
Beloit, a residential liberal arts college in Beloit, Wisconsin, draws students from forty-seven states and forty nations.
Optimist activities, new and ongoing
This spring includes some favoroite old projects, like the Bicycle Rodeo, as well as some new activities. On February 16, we will join two other Albuquerque area Optimist Clubs to provide dinner at the Ronald McDonald House for the family members of hospitalized children.
On February 2, the Optimists will visit McCole’s instead of our regular meeting place to thank Trevor Reed for his generous contribution to the Free Pictures with Santa event in December.
At our second meeting of the month, on February 16, Judge Mary Kwapich will speak at the Optimists meeting in Placitas about the changes in New Mexico’s probate law.
Between the two Placitas meetings, we will join Optimists from around New Mexico and West Texas at the Radisson Hotel in Albuquerque February 6 to 8 for our quarterly board meeting where Optimists will award the district prize to this year’s winner of our annual Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This also will be a good place to coordinate with other Optimist clubs caravanning the first weekend in March to Roswell, where we will help with New Mexico’s winter Special Olympics.
By the end of the month, we plan to begin selling our new, improved 2005 calendars.
Our old projects continue to be inspiring. Led by two young Optimists, Eva Franco and Jaime Nemitz, our Placitas Pre-Kindergarten has an excellent curriculum that supports the growth of our very youngest children as they mature and prepare for reading, arithmetic, cooperation, and mature behavior.
Our Junior Club is helping our young people to learn the value of service.
In February, adult Optimist Roseann Eakin has arranged for the Junior Optimist Club to have a Child Life staffer visit from Presbyterian Hospital. The staffer will introduce the Junior Optimists to what they may see and experience if admitted to a hospital. The Junior Optimists also will make Valentine’s cards for shut-ins, go bowling at Santa Ana, and have a ceramics lesson at the Placitas Community Center.
The sponsorship we brought to the Kasey Project through Optimist Dean Alexander allowed it to take form and help children throughout the county and now the state. You do know that Governor Richardson has adopted this project and expanded it statewide?
The Optimist Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at the Mission San Antonio Community Center in Placitas. For further information, please contact Suzann Owings, 867-0567.
Although many parents and students believe that scholarships are only for brilliant, athletic, and low-income students, assistance is also available for handicapped students, children of veterans, minorities, members of certain churches, and even “C” students. For information on obtaining public and private scholarship lists, send a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope to: U.S. Commission for Scholastic Assistance P.O. Box 3209, Fairfax, VA 22038-3209.
SC 4-H Club accepting new members
The Sandoval County 4-H Youth Development Program plays a major role with youth in the community. Young people can sign up for the program at the Sandoval County Extension Office at 811 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. The deadline for 2004 enrollment is March 1.
The 4-H program offers over two hundred projects, ranging from livestock to leadership, rabbits to rocketry, business to baking, computers to citizenship, and sewing to shooting sports.
The county program consists of nine clubs that are scattered throughout the county for easy attendance by the members. Clubs welcome any new members from the age of five to nineteen. Some clubs provide leaders to help with special projects.
Every year the 4-H’ers are given the opportunity to participate in the county and state fairs where they display the projects they have worked on all year long and receive recognition for their efforts. At the fair the community can see what skills the youth are learning. In addition, 4-H’ers can participate in community service, competitive events from the county to the national level, and trips to Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Denver.
Programs such as Teen Get Away, Senior Leadership Retreat, and Citizenship Washington Focus provide information on leadership as well as instruction in the procedures of government. These programs are helping train the leaders of tomorrow.
For more information on 4-H or to sign up, call Patrick Padilla at the Sandoval County Extension Office, 867-2582 or 1-800-678-1802.