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NMSU to host Young Achievers Forum, welcome sixth-graders, families to campus Feb. 23

For the third straight year, approximately 500 sixth-grade students and their families from across southern New Mexico will have the opportunity to experience New Mexico State University at the New Mexico Young Achievers Forum Feb. 23. Community en Accion, Bravo Dealerships of Las Cruces and El Paso, El Paso Electric and Wells Fargo are partners in this free event at NMSU.


Children wave pompoms at pep rally
Sixth-grade students cheer during the first New Mexico Young Achievers Forum in 2017 at NMSU in Corbett Center. About 500 students and their families attended the event that encourages students to pursue a college education after high school. The 2019 Young Achievers Forum at NMSU will be held Feb. 23. (NMSU photo by Andres Leighton)

Sixth-graders from Alamogordo Public Schools, Deming Public Schools, Gadsden Independent School District, Hatch Valley Public Schools and Las Cruces Public Schools will participate in the Young Achievers Forum, which is staffed by NMSU students and staff along with community volunteers and feature presentations from local career professionals.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Corbett Center Student Union. Dan Arvizu, Chancellor of New Mexico State University, and Renay Scott, vice president of NMSU Student Success and Enrollment Management, will welcome students and give opening remarks. A keynote address will be delivered by Monica Nunez, an educator and NMSU alumna who in 2017 was selected as a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and most recently selected for the PolarTREC Fellow Program.

“A college education gave me the skills, opportunity and confidence to build my own business and contribute to my community,” said Raymond Palacios, co-founder of YAF and president of Bravo Dealerships of Las Cruces and El Paso. “It is inspiring to meet young people who are getting a head start on their education and their careers at such a young age. Their future is our future, and with this kind of planning and effort I know it will be a dynamic one.”

The goal of the Young Achievers Forum is to encourage students to pursue a college education after high school. Many of the students in attendance will be visiting a college campus for the first time, and they would be the first in their families to pursue higher education. They will learn about potential career fields in STEM; health and medical sciences; business and finance; and liberal arts.

In addition to showcasing career opportunities, NMSU intends to provide a fun atmosphere that celebrates the students. A pep rally will also kick off the festivities and all that the NMSU Aggie experience offers.

For more information, contact the NMSU Student Success Center at 575-646-3136.