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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

Leonella Vazquez, Mayfield High School

Dec 7, 2020

KRWG Public Media features interviews with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  KRWG is also featuring Top Teens on its website.

Leonella Vazquez is scheduled to graduate from Mayfield High School in 2021. She became involved in serving the community, even though she’s only been here a short time. She participated with the Dress a Child program and has helped to clean up the Rio Grande River. She donates her time to help care for small children in daycare. She has helped teachers and students translate between Spanish and English. Leonella has also been involved in many activities: National Honor Society, Hispanic Honor Society, MHS Spanish Club, MHS FFA (formerly known as Future Farmers of America), and MHS Veterinary Science.

Sienna Torrez, Arrowhead Park Medical Academy

Dec 7, 2020

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Sienna Torrez is scheduled to graduate from Arrowhead Park Medical Academy in 2022. Sienna is very involved in community service: making and distributing care packages for the homeless in the Las Cruces area, volunteering at Mountain View Hospital in the Labor and Delivery Unit as well as the Telemetry Department. In the Labor and Delivery Unit, her duties included visiting with patients, restocking patient rooms, and monitoring visitors entering the delivery room. In addition, she spent a summer volunteering at the Village at Northrise, participating in exercise classes with residents and helping with shopping trips to local stores. Sienna has also participated in numerous activities: Historian for Arrowhead Park Medical Academy HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), National Honor Society, she attended HOSA State Competition, where she received first place as well as an academic scholarship.

Andrea Lugo Sanchez, Centennial High School

Dec 7, 2020

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Andrea Lugo Sanchez is scheduled to graduate from Centennial High School in 2021. Andrea has been involved in community service. She has volunteered at a nursing home, worked as a Math and Spanish tutor in a program to help kids from low-income families, and has tutored English as a Second Language students in all subjects. Andrea was also Bilingual Student of the Year and is an active participant in the Best Buddies club with special education students. They eat lunch together every Friday, help with winter dance, and assist during the Special Olympics. She is also a member of the Equity council for Las Cruces Public Schools.

Noah Raess, Centennial High School

Dec 7, 2020

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Noah Raess is scheduled to graduate from Centennial High School in 2021. Noah has been very involved in community service: he’s volunteered in local elementary schools, partnered with students with Autism to provide structured play opportunities and volunteers in the Autism Resource Library. He has a history of spending lunchtime with Special Needs students, who otherwise might eat alone.  Noah has also volunteered with the Honor Flight Program, playing with the band to send off and welcome home our Veterans. He participates in fundraising activities for the Band, even when students are not required to do so. Noah has also been involved in various activities: participating in Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Symphony Orchestra.  Additionally, he creates short films for competitions throughout New Mexico.

Luis Payan, Centennial High School

Dec 7, 2020

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Luis Payan is scheduled to graduate from Centennial High School in 2021. Luis is very involved in community service: He serves as an altar boy and participates in his church community service events.  For example, they take burritos to the homeless and they collect canned goods for local pantries. He also participates in community service events with the Centennial Baseball Program. Luis is involved in numerous activities: He participates in cultural events at school with the Bilingual Program. He has been in JV and Varsity Baseball and has also participated in the National Honor Society.

Megan McGuire, Las Cruces High School

Dec 7, 2020

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Megan McGuire is scheduled to graduate from Las Cruces High School in 2021. Megan has been involved in community service:  teaching children how to ride bikes, where she encouraged them to achieve their goal while learning the safety of the road. She also loved volunteering at the soup kitchen, helping feed those in need of a warm meal.
Megan has also been involved in numerous activities:  Las Cruces High's Bulldawg Broadcast, Student Government Association, junior class historian, National Honor Society, and a junior leadership group.

Julie Mason, Oñate High School

Dec 7, 2020

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Julie Mason is scheduled to graduate from Oñate High School in 2021. Julie has been involved in community service: Numerous trash pickups, making Hygiene bags for females in need, and donating clothes and products to send to children in Africa. Julie has also participated in many activities: she has a spot in the top Orchestra and has earned the title of Section Leader, Cross Country, Choir and Theater productions, Science Olympiad, and President of a church youth group.

Florencia Makk, Arrowhead Park Early College High School

Dec 7, 2020

KRWG Public Media features interviews with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  KRWG is also featuring Top Teens on its website.

Florencia Makk is scheduled to graduate from Arrowhead Park Early College High School in 2021. Florencia has been involved in community service.  With her church, she has put on events for the kids of Las Cruces, packed and sent meals to third world countries, and created baked goods to raise money to send kids to summer camp when they couldn't pay for it. Florencia has also been involved in many activities. She has been successfully competing in gymnastics and going to meets around New Mexico and other states. She is on a swim team, swimming at New Mexico State University with "The Outlaws." She has run track every summer, during gymnastics preseason. She won State and Regional 1st Place for long jump and she made it to the Hershey's North American final in Philadelphia. She has been practicing track every summer with "The Stallions" as a cross training for her gymnastics. At Arrowhead Park High School, she was on the Mock Trial Team. She is interested in politics and is active in the "Young America’s Foundation." 

Isabel Lempke, Centennial High School

Dec 7, 2020

KRWG Public Media features interviews with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  KRWG is also featuring Top Teens on its website.

Isabel Lempke is scheduled to graduate from Centennial High School in 2021. Isabel has been involved in the community by supporting her church as an alter server and fundraising through food sales and manning booths. She also has helped at vacation bible school. In addition, she has participated in Walk Your Child to School, El Caldito Soup Kitchen, and Centennial High School summer basketball camps. Isabel also has participated in many activities: Cross Country, Basketball, Track, National Honor Society, and MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement).

Ariana Hernandez, Oñate High School

Dec 7, 2020

KRWG Public Media features interviews with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  KRWG is also featuring Top Teens on its website.

Ariana Hernandez is scheduled to graduate from Oñate High School in 2021. Ariana has been very involved in community service: turkey donation drives for Thanksgiving, volunteer employee for a fall festival, and spearheaded a donation of essential supplies to the Navajo Nation during the pandemic. Ariana has also participated in many activities: dancer for HD2 Hip Hop Studio, church Youth Group, Student Leadership Youth Program and Worship Band, musical theatre program, and she choreographed part of the "Mamma Mia" production. 

Hannah Hendricks, Centennial High School

Dec 7, 2020

KRWG Public Media features interviews with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  KRWG is also featuring Top Teens on its website.

Hannah Hendricks is scheduled to graduate from Centennial High School in 2021. Hannah has been very involved in community service: peer tutoring, Festival of Trees, Coaching at middle schools, Battle of the Books, Comcast Cares, Community Cleanup, and Jardin de los Ninos. Hannah has also participated in many activities: Poms Dance Captain, Yearbook Editor, National Honor Society, and the Tiny Library Project.

Megan Gill, Centennial High School

Dec 7, 2020

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Megan Gill is scheduled to graduate from Centennial High School in 2021. Megan has been very involved in community service through St. Paul's United Methodist Church. She has participated in serving food and collecting and delivering blankets for residents at Community of Hope.  She also has worked to clean the kitchen and garden area and prepare clothing for migrant families who arrive at El Calvario.  She works on an annual Angel Tree project and helps to provide gifts to children throughout the Las Cruces Public Schools.  She worked with the Dress a Child project and visited with residents at Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Kelsey Frost, Centennial High School

Dec 7, 2020

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Kelsey Frost is scheduled to graduate from Centennial High School in 2021. Kelsey has been an athlete since she was four years old. Before entering competitive team sports in school, she played on co-ed basketball teams with her older brother and softball teams that traveled the state. As a freshman, she had a starting position on the JV basketball team, floating to varsity for additional playtime. At the end of the season, she received the A.T.E. (Attention-Time-Effort) award from her coach. Also, as a freshman, she lettered for the Varsity softball team. Both coaches recognized Kelsey for her academic success during the season. Her sophomore and junior year, she continued to see success on the varsity basketball team. She received an Honorable Mention All-District award at the end of her Junior season. She helped lead her team to their first appearance at the State Tournament.

Abd Alrahman Elaksher, Arrowhead Park Early College High School

Dec 7, 2020

KRWG Public Media features interviews with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  KRWG is also featuring Top Teens on its website.

Abd Alrahman Elaksher is scheduled to graduate from Arrowhead Park Early College High School in 2021. He has been very involved in the community: High school researcher for the New Mexico State University Chemical Engineering Department, MountainView Regional Medical Center volunteer, Youth Coordinator for the Las Cruces Soccer Referee Association, Assistant Youth Coordinator and Assistant Maintenance Coordinator for the Southern New Mexico Islamic Center.


He has also been involved in many activities: Chamber of Commerce Junior Leadership, NMSU Muslim Student Association, Arrowhead Muslim Student Association, Vice President and Treasurer of Arrowhead Park ECHS Student Government, Treasurer-Arrowhead Park ECHS Chess Club, Vice President and Junior Varsity Captain-DACC Chess Club, Arrowhead Park ECHS National Honor Society, Arrowhead Park ECHS Robotics Team, Team Leader-Arrowhead Park ECHS HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America).

Annalise Edwards, Oñate High School

Dec 7, 2020

KRWG Public Media features interviews with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  KRWG is also featuring Top Teens on its website.

Annalise Edwards is scheduled to graduate from Oñate High School in 2022. Annalise has served in a variety of ways over the years: Christmas Service Project, Make-A-Wish Money Collection at Rivalry Game, Trunk or Treat, organized the Pen-Pal service Project, assistant coach for a children's soccer team, El Caldito Soup Kitchen, The Community of Hope, Special Needs Soccer Camp, volunteer aide at Girl Scouts Camp.


Annalise has been involved in many activities:  National Honor Society, New Mexico Association of Student Councils Region 6 Representative, National Delegate for Girl Scouts, Sophomore Class President, Regional and State Science Olympiad Competitions, club and JV soccer, Parks and Recreation Youth Advisory Board, and Student Advisory Council.

Colter Coombs, Oñate High School

Dec 7, 2020

KRWG Public Media features interviews with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  KRWG is also featuring Top Teens on its website.

Colter Coombs is scheduled to graduate from Oñate High School in 2021.
Colter is an Eagle Scout and serves the community through justserve.org. He is active in his church and visits retirement homes often.  He has also been on three humanitarian trips to Uganda and Guatemala. He has helped build wells, homes, and fix up schools for the communities in those countries.


Colter has been involved in many school activities.  He was state champion in Biomedical Debate for HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) and state runner-up in Science Olympiad in the Disease Detectives competition. He was also selected to attend the Daniels Fund Ethics Camp.  He is the captain of the cross country and track team and was awarded all-district twice.

Cheyenne Black, Mayfield High School

Dec 7, 2020

KRWG Public Media features interviews with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  KRWG is also featuring Top Teens on its website.

Cheyenne Black is scheduled to graduate from Mayfield High School in 2021.
Cheyenne has put in countless hours with her Enlace class (Engaging Latino Communities for Education).  She is very active with church community projects and has volunteered for the Prom for disabled children. She has always been drawn to people in need.  When she was in 4th grade, she befriended a classmate who had disabilities and helped her to become more social and communicate in a tone where she could be heard.


Cheyenne has a diverse life outside of school.  She attends the Chi Alpha meetings at New Mexico State University.  She is a super truck racer at the Vado Speedway.  And she also enjoys camping, all animals (except frogs), hiking, photography, and most importantly, spending time with her friends and family.

Cameron Van Pelt, Las Cruces High School

Dec 11, 2019

KRWG Public Media features interviews with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  KRWG is also featuring Top Teens on its website.

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

KRWG Public Media features interviews with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  KRWG is also featuring Top Teens on its website.

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

KRWG Public Media features interviews with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  KRWG is also featuring Top Teens on its website.

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

KRWG Public Media features interviews with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  KRWG is also featuring Top Teens on its website.

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

KRWG Public Media features interviews with the Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens in between programs on KRWG-TV.  KRWG is also featuring Top Teens on its website.

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.

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