Portales grads look to future

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Argen Duncan The 161 graduates of the Portales High School Class of 2011 walked the stage Friday night amid cheers and whistles at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. Portales HS Principal Melvin Nusser said the class, which included 36 honors graduates, was one of the biggest the school had in some time. “They made […]

My turn: Inmates inspiring as graduates

I interviewed students from seven graduating classes this week, all of whom were passionate and excited about their big day. But I think the graduating class where I had the most fun with was the Roosevelt County Detention Center inmates who graduated from their parenting class on Tuesday. I laughed and joked with them and […]

Their view: Words of wisdom offered to graduates

ENMU commencement ceremony set for Saturday

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Argen Duncan Sweet 16 and walking the stage. Among the 484 spring graduates and 69 summer graduates eligible to participate in Eastern New Mexico University’s commencement Saturday is 16-year-old Hobbs resident and biology major Jessica McGraw, according to ENMU information. Her brother, John, expects to graduate at age 19 in December with a double major […]

Free advice for high school grads

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist My nieces, Marili and Anisha, will be among the Portales High School graduates on Friday night. As they modeled their graduation gowns recently, I hummed “Pomp and Circumstance.” You know, “Tahn, tahn, tahn, tahn, tahn …” and started on how “Today is the first day of the rest of your […]

Reader-submitted content: Groups spreading DWI message to graduating seniors

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By Marcia M. Brown As part of its ongoing prevention activities, the Portales/Roosevelt County DWI program has initiated graduation activities designed to remind graduates not to drink and drive. Such activities include collaboration with Curry County and De Baca counties to provide continuous DWI messages to graduates and other members of the community throughout the […]

Graduates, I salute you

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It’s graduation time again. Did you worry that you might not make it? I got to thinking about those who are graduating and those who’ve dropped out. Then I remembered a high school friend named Catfish. Back then I wondered if he was going to join me and my pals […]

Former president ENMU commencement speaker

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer More than 360 Eastern New Mexico University students are expected to step across a stage Saturday to the beginning of a new life as college graduates. The 75th anniversary of the founding of ENMU is also part of the ceremony for students, faculty and staff. Graduation ceremonies start at […]

Caring at core of teaching

By Clyde Davis: Freedom columnist Another school year is drawing to a close. Another crop of new graduates, preparing to enter either the world of work, the world of college, or the world of the military — in many cases, more than one of the above worlds. Another two-plus month break for educators, in the […]

New organization working to clean up community

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A new community organization at Eastern New Mexico University is working to clean and help Portales move toward recycling. The Neighborhood, which is a group of students, ENMU graduates and some Portales residents have one goal in mind — a clean and recycle-friendly Portales. James Pearson is an anthropology […]