Seniors 2012: Valencia High School and Century High School Published by the Valencia County News-Bulletin. Copyright 2012
MAY 16, 2012
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THE TOP 10 Valencia High School graduating seniors are, pictured, from left, Nisa Rascon, Michelle Traynham, Bryana Johnson, Antoinette Strong, Brain Chavez, Mikayla Byer, Kaylee Newey, Rachael Amble, Frank Espinosa and Marlisa Kerbs.
Top 10 VHS seniors know what it takes to succeedBy DeBorah FoxNews-Bulletin Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The first response that came from the Top 10 Valencia High School graduating seniors to what they are looking forward to this summer is, No more AP (Advanced Placement) summer homework! They are all looking forward to some rest and relaxation before launching their college careers. Some of the students are looking forward to going on trips with friends or family, some will go camping in Chama, another will visit relatives in California. One will attend her brothers graduation in Texas, some will search for summer jobs to help with college expenses, and one says shell be in pre-training for basketball. Some of the schools students will attend the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Tech, Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College, Brown University in Rhode Island and Rice University in Texas. They are interested in careers in politics, theology,
art, film, medicine, physical therapy, entrepreneurial business, music and professional sports. Bryana Johnson and Michelle Traynham have sports scholarships. Several students are interested in mechanical, genetic and chemical engineering. Nisa Rascon is very interested in chemical engineering because, she said, you can make pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, perfumes and other products. Frank Espinosa is a devout Evangelical Protestant and would like to become a pastor. These veteran high school students have some very good advice for incoming freshman things they wish they would have known and taken seriously when they first started their secondary education. Rachael Amble was home-schooled, and her first experience of public school was high school. She said she was nervous and quiet her freshman year because she didnt think she had the people skills. I was so panicked because I didnt know anything about people, Amble said. I wish that I knew that I could just start off being myself, and I didnt have to stay so quiet about my opinions. Like, you can be your own person. You dont have to hide things, you can be yourself. Taking your education seriously is paramount, the
students say. So are making social sacrifices so you can study when you have a test the next day, and building a social network at school of fellow students with the same attitude about succeeding and doing your best in school finding people who support your success. Its the time to develop your personality and stay focused, because when the four years are over, life starts, said Newey. One of the big reveals seniors learned in hindsight was the need to start thinking about college and taking the college entry exams the SAT and ACT tests early on in high school. Scores have to be in the 30s to be competitive 25 at a minimum students said. Some say they would have gotten better scholarships if they had known the scholarships requirements. I didnt know how big and important they are, said Antoinette Strong. I didnt study the first time, and the second time I didnt score that high either. They suggest starting in your sophomore year taking both tests to get a feel for them. There is a charge for the test, but students say a fee waiver is available from the counselor. n See VHS, Page 10
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Los Lunas Schools are committed to providing a quality education!Los Lunas Schools Board of Education, Administration and Staff wish to Congratulate the Class of 2012 and wish them the best in all their future endeavors
Great job... Los Lunas High School, Valencia High School, Century High SchoolWe have helped lay your academic foundation and know that you will join our future alumni ranks of Physicians, Attorneys, Educators, Scientists, Government Officials, Large and Small Business Owners and many more contributing members to our community.
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