NWP awards scholarships to high school seniors
Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (NWP) continued its commitment to education with the recent award of $15,000 in scholarships to high school seniors in southeastern New Mexico.
“We are extremely pleased to recognize and reward these students for the time and effort that they have put into their education. We look forward to seeing their contributions to society and wish them well as they take this next step towards their careers” said NWP President and Project Manager Sean Dunagan.
Since 1999, NWP and its predecessor companies have awarded more than $290,000 in scholarships to students from Carlsbad, Loving and Hobbs. This year, scholarship recipients are Jordan Ballard, Caedon Carrasco, Makenzie Chester, Christian Diaz, Andres Duarte, Ryan Gomez, Emily Hervol, Alyssa Jasso, Hannah Kim, Harmony Lopez, Briette Mendoza, Hayley Navarrette, Maddalen Reid, Sydney St. John and Lysette Valenzuela.
The NWP scholarship program focuses on students pursuing a math, science or engineering degree through an accredited technical program. NWP is the managing and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad. WIPP, the nation’s only permanent geologic repository for defense related transuranic nuclear waste, began disposal operations in 1999.
AAUW name students of the month
The following are the AAUW Girls of the Month.
Azali Luna is the daughter of Abraham and Margarita Luna. She is sister to Adrian Luna and Andrew Luna. After graduation, Azali plans on attending Lubbock Christian University and majoring in exercise science with an emphasis in physical therapy.
Azali is a member of the National Honor Society at Carlsbad Early College High School. She has received Rotary Student of the Month, NHS Officer Recognition, A Honor Roll, and won first place in Website Design with BPA.
Jenae Westfall is the daughter of John and Annella Westfall. She is the sister of Tristan Rodriquez and Avery Westfall. After graduation, Jenae plans on attending Texas Tech University and majoring in Biology with a focus on animal science/medicine.
Jenae is actively engaged in CHS Varsity Softball, travel softball, CHS Senior Committee, Student Council, and National Honor Society. She attends youth activities at both First United Methodist Church and St. Edwards Catholic Church. She currently shadows medical professionals at various local health-related offices for experience related to her college major. She operates a licensed small business with her best friend, designing and creating handmade polymer clay earrings.
Brooklyn Beacham is the daughter of Paul and Crystal Beacham. After graduation, Brooklyn plans on pursuing a career in Nursing by either attending school in Silver City, NM or Carlsbad, NM.
Brooklyn is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Senior Committee, and actively participates in bible studies. She is in the top 20 of her graduating class.
Isabella Corder is the daughter of Ric and Ille Corder. She has one sister, Sophia Corder. After graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in Political Science at the University of Vermont while competing in their Division I swimming program.
Isabella is Co-Captain of the CHS Swim Team, Vice President and Social Media Coordinator of the CHS Mummers, a certified junior coach for the Cavern City Swim Club, and a member of National Honor Society. Isabella is holder of multiple school records in swimming including: 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle, 200 Medley Relay, and the 400 freestyle relay. She has received the CHS Women’s Swimming High Point Award, CHS Honor Roll, Outstanding Achievement in Computer Science, and Outstanding Achievement in AP World History.
Kandle Kitchens is the daughter of Tina Kitchens and sister of Kanyon Kitchens. After graduation, Kandle plans on attending Lubbock Christian University and pursuing studies related to Digital Media Arts and Applications and Theatre Arts.
Kandle is a member of the Carlsbad High School Business Professionals of America chapter. She has received the Presidential Scholar Award for two years, 2021 Statesman Torch Award for BPA, BPA Junior Student of the Month for November 2019, BPA Senior Student of the Month for October 2020, first place in Prepared Speech at the 2020 BPA State Leadership Conference, and first place in Website Design at the 2021 BPA State Leadership Conference.
Ysabel Felt is the daughter of Kary and Valerie Felt. She is sister to Lance Felt, Max Felt, Rex Felt, and Olivia Felt. After graduation, Ysabel plans on attending Eastern New Mexico University and majoring in Biology/Pre-Pharmacy.
Ysabel has received NMSU Outstanding Award in Chemistry and A Honor Roll, She is a member of National Honor Society and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints youth group and seminary programs.
Olivia Felt is the daughter of Kary and Valerie Felt. She is sister to Lance Felt, Max Felt, Rex Felt, and Ysabel Felt. After graduation, Olivia plans on attending Eastern New Mexico University and majoring in Accounting.
Olivia is a member of the National Honor Society. She received Solo and Ensemble Contest Division I and a CHS Certificate of Achievement.
Marathon Oil Opens Application for Teacher Grants
Marathon Oil has created an Unconventional Thinking in Teaching grant program to recognize and reward outstanding and innovative educators.
Teachers are invited to apply or be nominated by members of their community to receive a grant to support the purchase of classroom resources, such as books, activity/lab materials and technology, or personal professional development. Grants will range from $2,500 to $5,000, based on the number of winners.
This program is focused on teacher retention by demonstrating support for the people who are responsible for developing the next generation of leaders, or Unconventional Thinkers. Winning best practices will be shared with all teachers who apply, so that innovation can be shared across professional networks, especially in rural areas.
Teachers and community members can visit www.marathonoil.com/teachers for more information and to submit an application. Applications are due by June 15 and winners will be announced in September.
Jessica Onsurez can be reached at [email protected], @JussGREAT on Twitter at by phone at 575-628-5531.