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Student Wins Rotary Essay Contest

Mountainair Jr. High would like to share some exciting news about Ms. Barela's Language Arts program. A few weeks ago her entire 8th grade class worked effortlessly on an essay competition brought to Ms. Barela by the Mountainair Rotary Club. The 300-500 word essay asked students to answer how the Rotary Club’s 4-Way Test would help students successfully complete their secondary education. These questions included: Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? These questions have become guiding principles for all Rotarians. Eighth graders from the entire state of New Mexico as well as parts of West Texas competed in the essay competition. The competition awarded overall cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Mountainair Jr. High student Nicolas Candelaria took on the challenge and excelled, winning top honors for the state of New Mexico and West Texas! He got to share his first place winning essay and was presented his cash award this past weekend when Nicolas and his family attended the District Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Albuquerque.

Language Arts teacher Ms. Barela, Principal Eliza Romero, Mountainair Junior High School and Mountainair Public Schools are extremely proud of Nicolas for this outstanding accomplishment. Nicolas is a great role model and continues to strive for academic excellence within the Mountainair Public Schools.

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Eliza Romero
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