Visit with former students a treat

Last week, Sonny Conklin of Muleshoe called to invite his old teacher to have lunch with him and his sister, Kay Conklin Hagler, of Clovis. Of course, this teacher accepted the invitation and had a wonderful time visiting with those two former students who had helped me to begin my teaching career 57 years ago [...]

DAR honors students

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Special to the QCS American History month was celebrated by the Tucumcari Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution with their annual essay awards luncheon. Students from area schools were recognized for their winning essays. The DAR Good Citizen essay was written by a senior, selected by the faculty of their school. The student has two [...]

Family uses teen’s death as warning against texting while driving

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Thomas Garcia A family shared the tragedy of losing a loved one with Tucumcari High School students in hopes of stopping other famillies from suffering the same tragedy. Alex Brown, 17, of Wellman, Texas, died Nov. 10, 2009, in a one-vehicle rollover. Alex was texting friends while driving to school that morning. “I want to [...]

Mesalands students earn scholarships to four-year schools

Special to the QCS Mesalands Community College students Shelly Giannino and Alex Nielson have been selected to the 2012 All-State New Mexico Academic Team. This honor recognizes their commit-ment to academic excellence. Each student will receive renewable full-tuition scholarships for up to four consecutive semesters towards a bachelor’s degree at a New Mexico public university [...]

Mesalands awarded grant for adult education program

Special to the QCS Mesalands Community College was recently awarded the Integrated Basic Education Skills Training grant (I-BEST) sponsored by the Department of Education. The goal of this grant is to help Adult Basic Education (ABE) students succeed in college-level technical programs and complete post-secondary credentials in fields offering good wages and career development. Mesalands [...]

Community briefs — Oct. 12

Walk-A-Thon scheduled Tucumcari Elementary School’s Pre-K will be having a Walk-A-Thon on Wednesday. They will be walking at two different times. The AM Pre-K will walk from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and the PM Pre-K will walk from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. If it is windy or bad weather, students will walk in [...]

DAR celebrates constitution week

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Special to QCS The week of Sept. 17-23 found several busy ladies from the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrating Constitution Week in Tucumcari. On Sept. 16, they were at Mesalands Community College giving a class to students titled, “Fun Facts of the Constitution”. There were many students and faculty attending this class. On Sept. [...]

Xcel donates wind energy scholarship

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Special to QCS Mesalands Community College recently received $5,000 from Xcel energy for scholarships, for students pursuing a degree in wind energy technology at the North American Wind Research and Training Center. As the number one provider of wind energy in the United States, Xcel has made it a priority to invest in their communities [...]

Elk’s Lodge honors teen

Rocio Acosta has been named Teenager or Student of the Month, it was announced today by the Elk’s Lodge. Rocio, 16, is the daughter of Marciano and Marcelina Acosta of Tucumcari. She is a freshman at Tucumcari High School. The program is sponsored by the Elks Lodge in an effort to bring recognition to outstanding [...]

House FFA students top Ag Sales contest

Special to QCS House FFA members Wyatt Bishop, Kayleigh Fury, Summer Huizar and Trenton Lee won first place in recently the State Ag Sales Team Competition. This group went in and competed as seventh-graders and won first place. I’m so proud of these students. Unfortunately, they are too young to compete at nationals this year. [...]