Nov. 21 Portales Junior High News

Editor’s Note: The PJHS news was intended to run in Sunday’s edition, but is late due to a problem in e-mail transmission.

All-District honor band
Congratulations are in order for 11 Portales Junior High students who were chosen to participate in the All-district Honor Band on Nov. 13. Out of the 13 junior highs that sent students for auditions, Portales was ranked fourth in the district with the most selections following closely behind two schools from 5A districts. The following students were chosen for this honor:
Jessica Roberts, Clarinet; Crysta Peterson, bass clarinet; Mackenzie Kennedy, French horn; Tim Brooks, French horn; Nick McLean, French horn; Alec Acree-French horn; Walker Partin, French horn (alternate); Kimberly Hilliard, Trumpet; Ashley Brunson, trumpet; Beth Jeffries, trumpet (alternate); Alex Strong, trombone; Jesse Kirchner, percussion and Scott Kennedy, percussion.

All-district choir festival
Congratulations to the seventeen choir students who traveled to Artesia to participate in this year’s All-District Choir Festival. This festival contains some of the best singers from the southeast district (which includes Hobbs, Clovis, Artesia, and Portales). Each choir is made up of about 100 students from area schools.
The participating students were: Annette Olivas, Nancy Piedra, Jessica Terry, Therasa Shirley, Natalie Salas, Shelby Stevens, Andrea Brown, Kaitlyn Stratton, Tara Johnson, Taylor Cage, Tatiana Torres, Ashlee Duarte, Adam Wilke, Sarah Sutton, Shawn Franken, Kelsi Gray, Kendall Levacy and Hannah Stroud.

Basketball games
Today, our seventh- and eighth-grade girls will play Texico in Portales at 4 p.m. The seventh- and eighth-grade boys will travel to Texico today as well. Their games also begin at 4 p.m.

Talent Show
On Nov. 12, PJHS Student Council sponsored a talent show. There were 15 performances. Adriana Calbert, master of ceremonies, introduced each of the acts. The judges had a difficult time choosing the winners. First place was awarded to Kaitlyn Johnson, Lindsey Keller, and Hannah Herbert for their dance routine. Second place was awarded to Scott Kennedy and Joe Helak who performed a musical selection with guitar and drums. The third place award was presented to Marissa Best who performed a ventriloquism act. The teacher dance off was won by Mr. Brandon Boerio, but Coach Keith Parrish was a close second.

Science fair
Portales Junior High School students attended an assembly on Thursday to learn more about science fair projects. Dr. Keller of the Eastern New Mexico University Science Department, spoke to the students. He offered to help PJHS students and their teachers as they prepare their projects for this year’s competition. On March 5, the Portales schools will have their competition at Portales Junior High gym. The regional science fair will be held at ENMU on March 12. Laura Debusk, Terri Thatcher, and Shareen King, PJHS science teachers, are excited about the projects our students will be completing.

BPKO assembly
PJHS students are eagerly awaiting the BPKO Assembly scheduled for Dec. 1. They don’t know what to expect, because they don’t know what BPKO stands for. Some of the PJHS teachers have been working many hours preparing for this assembly. Students are questioning teachers trying to find out what the BPKO assembly is all about, but teachers are keeping quiet!

Thanksgiving break
PJHS students and teachers will be out of school Wednesday through Friday to observe Thanksgiving holidays. School will resume on Monday. Students will have two weeks to prepare for nine-week and semester tests.