Know Your Neighbors: Our Future is Looking Bright

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As another school year gets ready to wrap up for the summer, we’d like to recognize some of the amazing high school students in our public school system. These students are driven, involved, and passionate about their education. One thing’s for sure, Las Cruces, our future is looking bright.

High School | Alexandra (Ally) LopezAlexandra “Ally” Lopez

Grade/School: Junior at Mayfield High School
Favorite Class: Advanced Placement (AP) English
Reasons to Love MHS: “What I like about my school are the teachers. They are very funny and always willing to help you. The teachers truly do not want anyone to fail so they always let the students set up appointments to get help. I’m an athletic trainer student aide, and I also played volleyball last season. With athletic training, I’m always learning something new. It’s a hands-on class, and my peers and I learn as we go.”
Future Plans: “My plans after high school would be to go to NMSU for their kinesiology program, then go to Northern Arizona University for a physical therapy degree. My career plan would be to start up my own physical therapy business in Phoenix. The reason I want to start a business in Phoenix is because it’s a bigger city, I have family there, I’m not too far from New Mexico, and because I don’t mind the heat.”

High School | Zachary VorisZachary Voris

Grade/School: Freshman at Mayfield High School
Favorite Class: Video Game Design.
Trojan Legacy: “What I like best about Mayfield is knowing that so many of my family members walked through the same halls that I do today. My grandmother, mother, father, cousins, uncles, and many others have pride in their school which makes it special.”
Interests: “I was a trumpet player for three years in the middle school band. This year, I decided to take a different approach in music by taking a piano class. I wanted to learn a new instrument and to play and perform solo. Outside of school, I spend time with my brother, Aidan. I like animals and have two dogs and a guinea pig. My hobbies are playing and creating mods on PC video games such as Minecraft.”
Goals: “I plan on attending college here locally at NMSU. My career goals are to receive a bachelor’s degree in computer science with video game design.”

High School | Raymond ESPN Jaramillo

Raymond “ESPN” Jaramillo

Grade/School: Sophomore at Centennial High School
Favorite Class: Broadcast Media “I have reported, shot, and edited for our school’s newscast, Centennial Student News. I love the atmosphere and the people around me in the class. I am also the sophomore class secretary and I participate in student government.”
Giving Credit: “My school is absolutely amazing. I have amazing teachers that support me through everything and I credit them for a lot of my successes through my short two years at Centennial.”
Future Doctor: “I plan to attend the University of New Mexico. I want to go to medical school to become a plastic surgeon and I also want to have an undergraduate degree in journalism. Plastic surgery gets a bad rap for making people seem ‘fake,’ but I see it as a way for people to feel better about themselves. It takes a lot of dedication and commitment to become a surgeon, but I’m willing to work hard for it!”
Surprising Fact: “I actually don’t like being really tall. I’m 6’7” but I’d much rather be 6’0” and stop there.”

High School | Santana HeffelfingerSantana Heffelfinger-Vigil

Grade/School: Sophomore at Las Cruces High School
Favorite Class: “My favorite subject has been math for as long as I can remember.”
Cruces Bonus: “What I like most about my school is the amount of effort they put into helping students find their career path.”
Interests & Activities: “I have been in the school choir since the sixth grade. I have also participated in clubs at my school such as MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) and Surrealists Society. My favorite hobby is watercolor painting, I recently climbed to the crown of the Statue of Liberty, and I absolutely love flamingos.”
Future Aggie: “My plans include going to college at NMSU and majoring in psychology. The dual credit classes that I plan to attend my junior and senior years will be a significant help with that. I also plan to get a job my junior year and save money for college. Once my education is complete, I hope to become a child psychologist. Children have always been a big part of my life and I come from a family of educators. I would love to continue that.”

High School | Keara DwakeKeara Dwake

Grade/School: Junior at Oñate High School
Favorite Class: “My favorite subject in school has always been language arts because of my love of reading. I didn’t always enjoy reading but in middle school I read the Divergent series and that totally changed my view point on the power of reading and writing.”
Musically Inclined: “I was one of the clarinet section leaders in the Royal Knight Regiment (RKR) Marching Band last season. I have been a part of the RKR for three years and look forward to my senior year of marching. I am also in the theatre program, which this year we are performing The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
Goals & Plans: “I plan on attending NMSU to earn a psychology degree and become a member of the Pride Marching Band. I love to sing, especially musicals, which sometimes annoys my family; playing my clarinet, being outside, and spending time with my family.”
Surprising Fact: “I spend very little time online and enjoy older TV shows and music.”

High School | Ariana ParraAriana Parra

Grade/School: Senior at Oñate High School.
OHS Strong: “My favorite thing about Oñate is that we offer so many different clubs and organizations for students with all different interests. No matter what activity you join, whether it’s athletics, academics, or arts, we are all united, and we are all Oñate Strong. No matter what time of day it is, it’s always Knight Time and it’s always a great day to be a Knight.”
Clubs & Athletics: “I participate in many clubs and organizations at school. I am the student body president, and represented Oñate this year as the New Mexico Association of Student Councils state secretary. I am the Key Club historian as well as the president of our National Honors Society. I take three Advanced Placement (AP) classes, maintain straight As, as well as being involved in our school’s HOSA (future health professions) chapter, and playing volleyball at the varsity level.”
Future Goals: “I plan on attending New Mexico State University, studying in the arts and sciences college. I’ve grown up in Las Cruces and I’m not ready to leave it.”

High School | Alexandria RiveraAlexandria Rivera

Grade/School: Sophomore at Centennial High School
Favorite Class: “Math, because I enjoy finishing problems and working with numbers.”
Working Writer: “Something I really enjoy about my school is getting to meet and hear from a variety of people. High school has taught me how to work with different types of people. One thing I enjoy spending my time on is The Quill, our school’s very first newspaper brought up by the journalism program at Centennial. The Quill is a collection of student-written pieces and I enjoy writing pieces for it.”
Dreams & Goals: “I want to attend college. I want to pursue a career along the lines of business or accounting. I believe I will stay close to home and attend NMSU here in Las Cruces. I have lived in this city my whole life and something just feels right about attending college here.”

High School | Cameron CastilloCameron Castillo

Grade/School: Senior at Centennial High School
Mr. President: “I currently serve as the student body president at Centennial High School and as the chairman of the Las Cruces Public Schools Student Advisory Council. I’ve been interested in politics since elementary school and have enjoyed learning more about statewide politics the last few years. I am excited to be supporting and campaigning for State Representative Yvette Herrell in the race to fill U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce’s seat. While it is good to see increased political activity by young people, I strongly oppose the political foundation of the “March for Our Lives” protest. I feel that the rhetoric of the march was far too divisive and wrongfully ignites tensions toward responsible gun owners.”
Future Plans: “After I graduate, I plan to attend Texas A&M University to study political science. After that, I’d like to attend law school and pursue a career in politics that will allow me to support conservative principles.”

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