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Posted April 30, 2013

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APS Students Receive State School Boards Association Award

The Early College Academy senior and Jimmy Carter Middle School eight grader were recognized for playing an important role in improving student achievement.

Two APS students are recipients of the New Mexico School Boards Association's 2013 Excellence for Student Achievement Award.

Manuel Marquez, a senior at the Early College Academy, and Luis Calderon, an eighth grader at Jimmy Carter Middle School, were recognized for playing an important role in improving student achievement at the local district level.

Luis, who was nominated by teacher JoDee Scholtz, is an outstanding student and participant in the gifted program at Jimmy Carter. He was described by his teacher as “a gentle, unassuming and gracious young man. He quietly pursues his objective, determined and focused, yet completely aware of the needs of those around him and willing to lend a helping hand.”

Luis carries a 4.0 grade point average and is currently ranked first in his class. He has won first place in the school’s Spanish spelling bee three years in a row, won the English spelling bee this year and represented Jimmy Carter in several district spelling bees. He is fluent in reading, writing and speaking two languages. He leads his class in adherence to rubric instructions, attention to detail and organization and neatness. He is respected throughout the school for his exemplary academic standing and leadership abilities.

Manuel is active both at school and in the community. He is senior class president,  a leader in student government and National Honor Society, through which he often organizes fundraisers and donations for multiple causes. He co-founded an organization that helps children in Vietnam who can’t afford medical treatment get the proper care they need.

Manuel also is active in his church, often volunteering to help the homeless. He serves on the Mayor’s Youth Council, the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council and as a CNM dual credit ambassador. He also serves as a students representative for an organization that advocates for public education, Partnership in Education and Advocates for Public Schools (PEAPS).

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