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Celebrating the US Constitution at NMJC

Celebrating the US Constitution at NMJC photo 9/17/2008 5:14:37 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. With the assistance of two talented professors, New Mexico Junior College celebrated Constitution Day in style. Colonial style, that is. Professors Richard Miller and Patty Emmerich donned outfits of the period and portrayed an older couple reminiscing their time as the owners of an inn frequented by the founding fathers.

The afternoon of Tuesday, September 16, kicked off with a musical performance by music professor Yau-Sun Wong, education professor Ruth Wong, and NMJC students Maria Ruiz, Zayra Burciaga, and Jonathan Au. The band classily played several patriotic tunes.

This was followed by Miller and Emmerich's entertaining and informative skit. They reminded students and faculty alike of the work that was put into drafting the United States Constitution, of the risk that was taken in creating such a document, and what it provides for us today.

It is important for us to take the time in remembrance today," said Emmerich. "Our founding fathers spent many agonizing days working on this beautiful document that we still use today."

Following the skit, Emmerich announced the winners of an essay contest designed to have NMJC and area high school students explain why the constitution is important to them. Winners were D. J. Bagsley, Billy Factor, Alfredo Gonzalez, Sarah Hester, Jennie Pearson, Adrian Orrantia, Heather Shaw and Billie Sipes. Each received a NMJC Bookstore gift-card provided by the NMJC Foundation.

Attendees of the celebration were treated to refreshments after the program and invited to register to vote at the tables set up by the College Republicans and College Democrats.

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