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Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens

KRWG Public Media features segments with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  The full archive of segments is available on the KRWG Top Teens YouTube Channel

Cameron Van Pelt, Las Cruces High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Cameron has participated in the week-long Biomedical camp through Las Cruces High School, in which he talked to middle school kids about the medical field.  He also participated in Project Linus through HOSA, where he made blankets for the less fortunate. He assisted in the 5th year celebration of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument by setting up the festivities and hosting guests.  Through student government, he served food to teachers at LCHS, welcoming them back to school at the beginning of the year.  He also helped in Best Buddies at the Special Education Kickball game and participated at a Comcast Cares event at Tombaugh Elementary.

Cameron has maintained high grade point average while taking honors and AP classes. He is also student body President for the 2019-2020 school year.

He has completed the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Junior Leadership Program and attended Boys State, in which he was a councilman and a public regulatory commissioner.  He played basketball for LCHS his freshman and sophomore year. He is the historian for Students for Sustainability, where he also participated in community service, was a member of the HOSA program, and Vice President of the creative writing club at Las Cruces High School.

Aubrey Swindle, Centennial High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Aubrey has been involved in many community service projects, including Toss No Mass, animal shelter, and soup kitchen.

She made varsity in both soccer and track freshman year, placed 3rd at the state track meet for the 1600 meter medley relay, and was chosen 1st team all-district and 2nd team all-state for soccer.

Aubrey was also elected Senior Class President, is involved in the broadcasting program and writes for the school newspaper, The Quill.

Maria Alejandra Soliz, Arrowhead Park Early College High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Alejandra volunteers through National Honor Society. She is very active in volunteering at various events, including the spring carnival at Young Park. She has collected care packages and children’s books to help Colombia Elementary with supplies. She has also run a collection for refugees in Las Cruces and has completed over 200 hours of service just through NHS. On her own time, she volunteers at the White Sands Missile Range community service center (ACS).

She maintains a high grade point average, has earned an academic letter, and was elected President of the National Honor Society.

Alejandra was selected to play soccer for the DA Utah Royals 00/01 team. This is an academy team that plays one level below pro. She is a volunteer assistant coach for soccer as well and was a player on the Sereno SC El Paso team. They are affiliated with Arizona’s Real Salt Lake Association.

Miranda Romero, Las Cruces High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Miranda is on the Parks and Recreation Youth Board for Las Cruces, where she provides input about various topics.  She is an active member of the St. Paul’s Youth Group where she has volunteered every summer at their Vacation Bible School.  She volunteers with El Calvario in Las Cruces, where she donates her time to clean each month. She also is an active volunteer in all community events with the Donate Life Transplant group, where she actively participates in meetings and community events.  She volunteers as a youth mentor at Tombaugh Elementary School, where she helps kids during special events, including Fall Festival, Winter Fair, and Stargazing Science Night. She also works with an afterschool program class where she helps children with reader’s theater activities.

She maintains a high grade point average while taking AP and dual credit classes and is a member of the National Honor Society.  She is also involved in student government and served as Junior Class President. Miranda is a member of the Las Cruces School of Dance and Music, is on the Track and Field Team, and is an active member of the Bulldawg Broadcast at Las Cruces High School.

Jessica Rios, Centennial High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Jessica has invested more than 50 hours volunteering at Casa de Peregrinos, helps run basketball camps for her school, participates in Dress a Child events, picks up trash around her community, helps walk elementary kids as part of the "Walk to School" program at Sonoma Elementary, and assists in her church's fundraisers.

Her sport accolades include 2017 district champions for cross country, 2017 all-district for cross country, 2017-2018 2nd team all-district for basketball, 2018 district champions for track, 2018 team captain for cross country, 2018-2019 1st team all-district for basketball, earned 4th place at state as part of the medley relay team in track 2019, and has qualified for state in both track and cross country for as many years as she has participated in them.

Jessica maintains a high grade point average while participating in many activities.  She also is a National Honor Society member and part of her church youth group.

David Okeoghene Ogodo, Oñate High School

Dec 11, 2019

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David is a volunteer at soup kitchens and helps distribute food and clothing to the homeless.

He maintains a high grade point average while taking numerous AP and Honors classes. He has taken several AP exams and earned high scores on these.  David has earned an Academic Letter and was offered membership in the National Honor Society.

David is also very involved in extracurricular activities, including soccer and band.  He is a student member of Red Cross and attended the Daniels Fund Ethics Camp at New Mexico State University.

Jazmine Ochoa, Oñate High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Jazmine helped raise money for pediatric cancer treatment and helped to bring awareness to C.A.R.E. cancer events. She also worked STEAM nights at various elementary schools.

She is a state finalist and national qualifier in HOSA (future healthcare professionals). She was elected as HOSA officer and inducted into National Honor Society.

Jazmine’s other activities include: basketball, volleyball, student government, and Burrell College Medical Explorers.

Stephanie Mata Anchondo, Centennial High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Stephanie has volunteered with the Dia de los Muertos cultural event and performs church community service.

She has been recognized with the character award for demonstrating citizenship and respect and the Perfect Attendance award multiple times.  She has also been awarded the ACT Academy Scholarship Summer Program through the Burrell College Osteopathic Medicine.  And she has taken AP classes and is enrolling in Dual Credit.

Stephanie also participated in "Keep Centennial Great" by collecting trash around the campus to keep it beautiful.  She is also part of the Bilingual Program and as an active member, participates in all the cultural events and fundraisers.  She is also a member of the athletic training program and helps with the treatment of student athletes.

Camille Montoya, Centennial High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Camille volunteers at the Picacho Middle School library twice yearly and volunteered in e 2018 Middle School Knowledge Bowl.

She maintains a high grade point average while taking AP classes.

Camille is very involved in extracurricular activities.  She is an active member in her high school's Student Government program, planning and participating in school spirit events as well as various community outreach events hosted by Student Government. She attended the 2018 Southwest NMASC District Conference, is a member of National Honor Society, editor of her high school newspaper, and was in her high school's top choir zero hour and attended New Mexico All-state in 2018.

Hannah Severns, Arrowhead Park Early College High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Hannah is entering her second academic year as a National Honors Society Officer. This means that she not only completes the member requirements – 10 hours of school community service and 20 hours of community service – but she also must reach out to community leaders and set up community service projects. A few recent events she participated in and/or helped set up include helping the Main Street Sweet Fest at Downtown run, Arrowhead Teacher Appreciation, Buddy Day, and the Arrowhead Barnes & Noble Bookfair.

Hannah maintains a high grade point average, is on the DACC Dean’s list, has earned academic letters, and was a Rotary Club Student of the Month.  She will be in her third semester of Chinese language study at NMSU.

She has also participated in many other activities, including the Chamber of Commerce Junior Leadership Program, kickboxing, a sport/fitness class, and the Mock Trial club (including state competition).

Emma Kenney, Centennial High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Emma is very involved in community service.  She has volunteered with El Caldito soup kitchen, youth soccer practice, summer soccer camp, community clean up, and Dress a Child.

She was selected as the New Mexico winner in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for her recipe for a healthy lunch and attended a state dinner at the White House with President Barack Obama First Lady Michelle Obama. While maintaining a high grade point average, she has won a state championship for New Mexico thespians and earned an academic letter.

Haley Halvorsen, Centennial High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Haley has been involved with 4-H for nine years and now participates in FFA. While in 4-H, she qualified to participate in district and state competitions.  Having been an active member of the Centennial FFA Chapter for the last three years has led to many opportunities. She has served as the chapter Historian and will be serving as President for the 2019-2020 school year.  She will be receiving her State FFA Degree at the State convention in June, which is the highest award a student can receive at the state level.  She is also getting a Veterinary Technician certification, which will be completed next school year.

Aside from 4-H and church attendance, Haley has been very active in high school.  She is in student government and has taken many classes in the Family and Consumer Science pathway.  She has also taken classes in the Agriculture pathway, where she has raised rabbits to show at the county and state fairs.

Adrian Gomez, Arrowhead Park Early College High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Adrian has volunteered through National Honor Society, his church, and his school’s Ukulele Club.

At church, he is responsible for organizing events and is the youth representative.

Adrian is the historian for Arrowhead Park Early College High School National Honor Society (NHS).  In addition to this duty, he jumps in and helps others.

He is also in the Arrowhead Park Early College High School Mock Trial Club, where this year, he took the role of attorney in the state competition.   He was responsible for talking with his witness and reading through the affidavit to build a case, and then performing at the competition.

Adrian maintains a high grade point average and will graduate with both a high school and Associates degree.

Jazmin Garcia, Arrowhead Park Medical Academy

Dec 11, 2019

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Jazmin is a dedicated member of National Honor Society. She has put in nearly 100 community service hours.

She placed third in the state HOSA competition in Medical Terminology.

Jazmin also belongs to the Burrell College Youth Medical Explorers program

She has played volleyball competitively and babysits her nephews and niece when she can.

Oluwamayowa Idowu, Oñate High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Oluwamayowa has completed community service hours as a part of National Honor Society.

She recently moved to Las Cruces and is a native of Niger, Africa.

Despite the need to get used to a new school, new friends, and new cultures, she has flourished academically and has become one of the top performing students at Oñate High School.

Oluwamayowa has taken and passed numerous AP Classes, has lettered in academics, and is an active member of the National Honor Society.

Maya Gabitzsch, Centennial High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Maya has helped in Toss No Mass, which is an organization that promotes cleaning up the environment.  She has also helped with soccer camps, media camps, Make A Wish Foundation and many Student Government after school activities.

She takes many AP and honors classes and has received letters for Varsity soccer, journalism and student government. She is a graduate of the 2018-2019 Junior Leadership program and is in National Honors Society. In student government, she has been freshmen Vice President, sophomore Vice President and Junior President.

Maya has been the JV captain for soccer her freshmen and sophomore year. She was the editor for her school’s newspaper and participated in a state journalism competition.

She is also is a member of MESA, a STEM program at her school.

Ryan Evans, Centennial High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Ryan has volunteered with the Bantam Weight Football League, helping to run games and hold markers on the sidelines.  He has also volunteered the past two years with the school’s basketball camp for children and with the Miracle League, helping kids with special needs play baseball.  This past year. he also volunteered at a Special Olympic event held at NMSU.

Ryan is active in Renaissance- an organization that celebrates students and teachers at the school, as well as National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars.  He is also active in both basketball and track at the school and club basketball during the spring and summer months.  He does all of this while maintaining a job and excellent grades.

Yesenia Earth, Oñate High School

Dec 11, 2019

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Yesenia volunteered for numerous community service projects, including Red Cross.

She maintains a high grade point average while taking Spanish and AP Geography.

Yesenia is an active participant of both Concert Band and Jazz Band.  During her senior year, she will also participate in Cheer and is a member of HOSA.

Kimberly Ann Casares, Arrowhead Park Medical Academy

Dec 11, 2019

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Kimberly volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Casa de Oro, and Casa de Sol by keeping the elderly company. Before she became certified as a Nursing Assistant, she spent 60 hours volunteering at Casa de Oro.

She has maintained a high grade point average while taking honors, dual credit, and AP classes. She will graduate with an Associates of Science and a high school degree.

She is CPR-certified and certified in wilderness first aid. She is trilingual and speaks English, Spanish, and German.

Kimberly has also been involved in martial arts since the age of 12. She currently trains in Maximum Martial Arts. She is a member of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), the Medical Explorers at Burrell College, and the German-American Partnership Program.

Nayeli Chaparro, Centennial High School

Dec 10, 2019

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Nayeli volunteers in Youth Choir, playing at the youth mass. She is also part of the Retreat Team, which helps plan retreats at church.  She has been involved in "Toss No Mas" and served as an alter attendant and in church fiestas and a variety of church activities.

Nayeli has been an officer in MESA for two years and has participated in Orchestra for six years and has Academic and Orchestra letters.

She has been in All State Honor Orchestra, Southwest Honor Orchestra

State Champions in Symphonic Orchestra, 1st and 3rd place in the Science Olympiad Competition, and 3rd place in the MESA Rally.

She has also taken several AP classes and is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.

Citlalli Benitez, Centennial High School

Dec 10, 2019

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Citlalli volunteers through Student Government, Elderly home visits, "Dress a child," and National Honor Society.

She is a letter-winner in Orchestra, Media, and Academics.

She was a 2017 Orchestra State Champion and placed third in "Feature Writing" at a 2018 New Mexico Media Conference

She is a Bilingual Seal Candidate and is a member of the Centennial H.S. Orchestra, National Honor Society, Centennial High School Journalism and Centennial Student Government.

Samantha Barela, Oñate High School

Dec 10, 2019

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Samantha has participated in various community service projects through her participation in softball.  She has spent three years helping youth from all over New Mexico and west Texas with softball camps.  She also prepares food and delivers meals and necessities to the homeless population.  In addition, she spends time helping siblings with baseball and softball and helps tutor middle school students in algebra.

Samantha has maintained a high grade point average while participating in sports. She has taken AP and Honors classes all four years and holds an Academic letter.

Samantha is an all-district shortstop on her school's softball team.  She has started on the varsity softball team since freshman year and has earned three varsity letters.  Samantha was also selected to participate with the elite softball team for the past three years and traveled to California, Arizona, and Nevada.

Mohammad Badawy, Arrowhead Park Medical Academy

Dec 10, 2019

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Mohammad participates in Student Government. He helps raise money for the school by running the morning Coffee Carts and organizing the Spring Carnival. He also helps to host farewell parties for faculty and helps to run the Smash Bro Tournaments. He is involved in National Honor Society and volunteers on a regular basis throughout the Las Cruces community as well. He is a member of the Yearbook staff and is an active volunteer for the Islamic Center of Las Cruces and the Islamic Center of El Paso.

In 2018, Mohammad received the Captain Victor A. Moitoret Memorial Award for Military History at the state National History Day competition, and in 2019, he placed first in the state National History Day competition with his research paper.

He has received the Distinguished Alumni award with Envision for “demonstrated leadership potential and dedication to the Profession of Medicine” and received the Scientists Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Physicians “for outstanding academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.”

Katie Allbright, Las Cruces High School

Dec 10, 2019

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Katie was an officer and member of both the City Slicker 4-H Club and the Dona Ana County 4-H Council; she was involved in the following community service projects - Collected and donated clothing and supplies to Community of Hope, Jardin De Los Ninos, and La Casa; Collected and donated toys and paper goods to Ronald McDonald House in Albuquerque; Collected and donated fabric and fabric scraps to a ladies’ group in Palomas, Mexico.

She was also an officer and member of the Las Cruces High School HOSA club, which participated in several community service activities.

As the President of the Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Youth Board, Katie participated in the following community service activities: Volunteering hours with the Soup Kitchen, helping with activities for children during Anti-Crime week, Collecting canned goods from all LCPS schools, and donating to various shelters throughout the city of Las Cruces.

Katie also received an Academic Letter of Achievement from Las Cruces High School and was invited to join the National Honor Society.  She was also selected to serve on the Las Cruces High School Student Advisory Committee and elected as a Dona Ana County 4-H Council Officer.

Pedro Acosta, Centennial High School

Dec 9, 2019

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Pedro has participated in countless community service projects, both outside and inside of the school community. He has cleaned up Centennial’s campus multiple times, has volunteered at dog shelters and the soup kitchen, and even helped at Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He has also volunteered for Dress a Child and Toys for Tots and raised hundreds of dollars for the Centennial Journalism Program.

He has lettered in both journalism and in student government.

Pedro also challenged himself by taking four AP classes and passed every single one. He has taken at least one honors course per year and his sophomore year he decided to get ahead in his science credits by taking both honors biology and chemistry and passing both with an A.

In student government, Pedro has set up school events such as spirit weeks, dances, student-led workshops, elections, community service events, teacher appreciation weeks and prom.

Gabriel Acosta, Centennial High School

Dec 9, 2019

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Gabriel has completed many community service projects, such as helping Mesa Middle School plant a garden and trees and playing in a band to help raise money to donate to La Pinon.

He has also participated in the National Honor Society.

Not only does Gabriel excel in school, but in sports as well, playing varsity football for three years and being selected to the second team all-district lineup.  He also competes in track.

Outside of school, Gabriel is involved in music, playing in a band.

Marisol Lozano, Arrowhead Park Medical Academy

Aug 20, 2019

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Since her freshman year, Marisol Lozano has been in HOSA, formerly known as Health Occupation Students of America.  She has been a state officer twice.  She was elected as HOSA State President in February of 2018.  The awards she has received with this include Gold medal, Community Awareness- 2016, Bronze medal, Epidemiology- 2016. She even competed at Internationals in Nashville, TN., winning Gold medal, Biomedical Debate- 2017, Silver medal CPR/First Aid- 2017. The next year she competed at Internationals in Orlando FL., winning Gold medal, Community Awareness- 2018 and Gold medal, Researched Persuasive Writing & Speaking- 2018.

Henry Gatica-Gutierrez, Oñate High School

Jul 29, 2019

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Henry Gatica-Gutierrez, Oñate High School,  was recognized as a Hispanic National Merit Scholar. He has lettered in academics and maintained a rigorous course load while participating in extra-curricular activities. He is a member of the Science Olympiad team, the baseball team as well as the Marching and Symphonic band.

Elizabeth Furr, Arrowhead Park High School

Jul 17, 2019

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Elizabeth Furr received Academic Letters.  She was inducted into the National Honor Society and is the Mechanical and Strategy Captain for the robotics team.

She participates in National Honor Society and FIRST Robotics, through which she performs community service.  She also took photos and formatted pages for the school yearbook.  

Salvador Filerio, Mayfield High School

Jun 18, 2019

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Salvador received Hispanic National Merit Scholar recognition and received 2nd place on the AP exam portion of the Chemistry Science Olympiad competition. He has lettered in academics and has been a dedicated member of the Science Olympiad teams all while maintaining a rigorous class load and remaining dedicated to his extra-curricular activities.  Salvador has been involved in marching and symphonic band through all years in high school.

He participates in the community regularly through church. Most recently, he helped serve at El Caldito Soup Kitchen. In the future, he would like to volunteer his time working with cancer patients and helping to find gentler treatments.

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