The Loving FFA made history in New Mexico by participating in the first Spanish Creed Contest at the Hagerman Invitational.
The contest was held in many other states for years, but was the first in New Mexico.
Loving student Federico Lara won the contest and is now New Mexico’s first state champion in this competition.
The team of Trey Tarvin, Kaitlyn Barrett, Joslynn Abernathy and Samantha Martinez placed second in the contest.
The students now qualify to compete at the state level in June 2022.
Barrett and Abernathy also placed third and fourth, respectively, earning a position at state for the Greenhand Creed contest.
Cottonwood Elementary commemorates STEM lab
The Cottonwood Elementary Coyotes celebrated celebrating new ways to engage with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning thanks to a gift from Devon Energy in partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
At an assembly, the school’s fourth graders commemorated the new STEM lab, which features a 3D printer, Bee Bots, Code Hoppers, Snap Circuits and Ozobots.
“You can really see the kids’ excitement when they see what’s available in the STEM center,” Cottonwood Principal Lacey Goad said. “They have a natural desire to explore and tinker, and they have so much fun they don’t realize how much they’re learning. We can’t thank Devon enough for helping provide the very best education for our students.”
Shannon Johnson, senior community relations specialist for Devon, said the company supports innovative learning where it operates.
“Technology plays a role in everything people do at home and at work, so it is critical children start understanding these topics from a young age,” Johnson said. “Devon provides tools and training so today’s students understand the careers that will be available to them. We want them to understand how positive their future can be!”
The Ripken Foundation provides training, a curriculum guidebook and activity kits to enhance the use of technology tools in the centers. The organization has opened 128 STEM centers nationwide, encouraging minority and at-risk youth to pursue higher education and careers in STEM-related fields.
Steve Salem, Ripken Foundation president and CEO, said the organization helps young students discover their own potential while gaining an important understanding of technology.
“Students in Carlsbad deserve to have a top-of-the-line educational experience that truly prepares them for the future,” Salem said. “By partnering with engaged corporations and local educators, we can make a huge, positive difference.”
Devon and the Ripken Foundation have previously partnered in southeastern New Mexico to open 18 STEM centers.