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Focus on Faces: Mendi Marquez

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Mendi Marquez receives congratulations from NMJC President Steve McCleery (L) and from LHS Principal Robert Brown.

5/31/2011 7:32:35 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College has always expressed sincere congratulations to all of Lea County's high school graduates, and the college especially recruits these students to continue their education at the Hobbs campus.The usual process of continuing into higher education allows the student to amass some college hours while still in high school through the dual credit program, graduate from the high school, apply for admission to the college, and begin pursuit of their desired degree and/or certificate. However, this year marked a first as a young lady from Lovington High School graduated from New Mexico Junior College a week before graduating from Lovington High School.

Ms. Mendi Marquez, shown with Mr. Robert Brown, Lovington HighSchool Principal, and with Dr. Steve McCleery, NMJC President, took full advantage of New Mexico Junior College's dual credit offerings, and at the end of this summer she will have amassed 70 credit hours, which surpasses the 64 hour requirement in order to receive an associate's degree. This tremendous accomplishment would not be possible without a great deal of work on Ms. Marquez's part but also required the conttiinuiing support of her family and the Lovington School District superintendent, principal, and staff. During Mendi's tenure at NMJC she was a participant in Educational Talent Search, a federally funded program which assists Lea County students in preparing for college. Services provided by Talent Search include summer educational camps, career exploration, study skills, test taking, and personal growth.

Ms. Marquez, the daughter of Daniel and Hilda Marquez, was joined by her brother Daniel, who also graduated from NMJC at the commencement ceremonies on May 13. Both Mendi and Daniel received an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science degree during the commencement ceremonies. Mendi plans to continue her educational goals by pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. Her career aspirations are to enter into the medical field or into an environmental area of expertise.

New Mexico Junior College is extremely proud of Mendi and ofthe diligence and commitment she has displayed in this outstanding achievement. Only three colleges in New Mexico have reported a high school student graduating from college before high school, so Mendi has joined a very select group of student achievers. Please join the college in expressing congratulations to Mendi, Daniel, and their parents for their commiittmentt to education and their desire to ply their skills andknowledge in New Mexico upon completing their higher education pursuits.

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