March 18, 2006 Honor Roll

Tucumcari High School announces the honor roll for the third nine-week session of the 2005-2006 school year. To be listed on the high school honor roll, a student must achieve all A’s and B’s as well as a GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. Student’s Receiving straight A’s Senior Deanna Alvarez Jessica [...]

Tucumcari history teacher nabs long-awaited honors

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari High School history instructor Michael Russell likens himself to actress Susan Lucci. Not because he’s starred in soap operas or even teaches acting, but because he’s been up for Teacher of the Year honors for about a decade and never nabbed the title, not unlike Lucci with her daytime Emmy [...]

School’s new drug testing includes more students

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari High School students who engage in school-sponsored extracurricular activities just got a new item on their agenda —random drug testing. The school’s Drug Use in School Activities policy has been updated, revised and presented at a recent school board meeting. In addition to athletes, drug testing will now apply to [...]

From outstanding student to outstanding teacher

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist Although several of my former high school students have remained in touch through the years, very few college students have chosen to do so, probably because professors don’t have the opportunity to know their students, their parents, and their grandparents as well as do teachers in rural areas. In most [...]

Elks lodge together to help local students

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari Elk’s Club members may have been out of school for a little bit, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know the importance of education, according to San Jon Student Council Advisor Peggy Gates. In fact, their support has been so stringent, said Gates, the San Jon Student Council recently awarded [...]

8/20 Quay Personalities

Who: Rosalyn Nguyen She’s a Tucumcari native, daughter of Thanh Van Nguyen and Jan (Huong) Nguyen, and graduate student at the University of New Mexico. What that means: Lots of stuff, since the Board of Regents is a powerful governing body of the university with appointments made by the governor, whom Nguyen got to meet [...]

Hectic life can have bitter consequences

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Columnist I saw a scary commercial on TV the other day, a Wal-Mart spot showing a woman with a hectic lifestyle who looks into the camera and says: “I like being busy all the time.” Don’t we all? We just love driving around like maniacs, our cell phones glued to our [...]

Meeting Mickey: Tucumcari DECA students head to Disneyland

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By William Thompson: Quay County Sun A group of Tucumcari High School students and their chaperones will be hanging out with Mickey, Donald, Goofy and the gang at Anaheim’s Disneyland this weekend. Tucumcari High School Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) students earned the money to go to the Magic Kingdom by working part-time jobs [...]

Tucumcari Middle School students face penalties for weapons violations

Tova Fruchtman:Quay County Sun Three Tucumcari Middle School students this week were expelled or suspended for bringing weapons to school in separate incidents. Lt. Chuck Newman of the Tucumcari Police Department said all incidents are still under investigation and details were incomplete. One student was arrested Monday morning and charged with unlawful carrying of a [...]

Zero-tolerance policy is not common sense

We understand the need for rules. We understand the need for discipline and consequences. Having established these things, however, there is a need for common sense to intervene when someone breaks a rule without causing any harm. Zero-tolerance rules seem to block such a common sense approach. In Wapakoneta, Ohio, a zero-tolerance approach to guns [...]