Meritocracy no longer making the grade

Walter Williams Dr. Mike S. Adams, an associate professor of criminal justice at University of North Carolina’s Wilmington campus, has given me an excellent idea for grading students, which appeared in his commentary in the web-based Agape Press newswire. For 35 years, I’ve taught economics and graded students on the racist, culturally biased standards of […]

Melrose teacher ‘humbled, proud’ of teaching award

By Gary Mitchell Although Melrose math teacher Lisa Graham said she didn’t feel “worthy” of her recent Golden Apple Award, her colleagues and peers said she deserved it. Earlier this month, Graham was one of seven teachers in the state presented with the 2003 award at the “Tribute to Teachers” recognition dinner in Albuquerque. The […]

Local speller ousted

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — One by one they strolled to the microphone, all 251 youngsters in the 76th Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Each got a word in the one-and-done mistake format; 175 got them right. The rest drew a single clang of the bell, signifying it was time to be escorted to […]

Good paying summer jobs hard to find

By Mike Linn This time of year has numerous recurring events — rising temperatures, graduation services and students entering the job market. The glut of job seekers, most entering the labor pool between May and August, receive no guarantees: Labor Department officials say many employers are willing to hire for temporary positions, yet others feel […]

Christian school graduates 12

Janet Bresenham Tobias “Tobi” Knierim traveled a great distance to attend Clovis Christian School. Knierim, 18, moved to Clovis in August from his hometown of Langenburg, Germany, a small town of about 2,000 people in the southern part of the country. “I just wanted to be in a Christian school,” Knierim said. “I had never […]

Long road, well-traveled

By Gary Mitchell Talk about being true to your school. Two Clovis school employees — a special education teacher at Marshall Junior High and a teaching assistant at La Casita Elementary — have spent more than a third of a century teaching in their respective schools. Pat Bass, 63, will retire from Clovis schools this […]

Old CHS tradition wouldn’t fly today

By Don McAlavy An event popular in the late 1930s through the mid-’40s would never have happened in more recent times. Once a year, in the late spring, Clovis High School Principal R. E. Marshall would let school out for tree fights in front of the high school building at Seventh and Main. It was […]

Students to express faith at graduation ceremonies.

By Gary Mitchell Federal guidelines issued by the Department of Education in February that ensure schools give teachers and students as much freedom to pray as the courts have allowed have received mixed reviews from educational and watchdog camps. Schools are scrambling to adhere to the guidelines, issued as part of the No Child Left […]

CHS Symphony Band wins Anaheim festival

By Gary Mitchell Clovis High School band members were on a mission for music excellence recently; and band members say: Mission accomplished. A highlight in the accomplishment of that mission included winning top honors in the Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, Calif., the last week of April. The Symphony Band, directed by Bill Allred, received […]

CHS hosts 43rd annual All-Band Night “Pops” Honors Concert

By Gary Mitchell Tonight’s “Pops” Honors Concert promises to be fun for everyone, band officials say. More than 800 band students from the Clovis schools will perform in the 43rd annual All-Band Night “Pops” Honors Concert at 7:30 p.m. today in Rock Staubus Gymnasium at Clovis High School. Admission for the concert is $2 for […]

Texico graduates looking ahead

By Janet Bresenham Sunday marked much more than just graduation time for the 38 students in the Texico High School Class of 2003. “It was really neat because we graduated from kindergarten together and later we graduated from eighth grade together and now we graduated from high school together,” said Texico High graduating senior Nicole […]

658 students graduate

By Janet Bresenham Friday night saw the 17th commencement convocation ceremony for Clovis Community College, where 253 graduates were presented with associates’ degrees or certificates of completion. Beth DeFoor, CCC director of marketing and public relations, said that since the college now includes fall and spring graduates in one ceremony each May, the group of […]

Conceptual drawings to be shown downtown

By Jack King Ten students from the University of New Mexico’s Design Planning Assistance Center will exhibit conceptual drawings of what downtown Clovis could look like from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the Xcel Energy Building, 500 Pile. The exhibit is sponsored by the Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program, said Catharine Johnson, the program’s […]

Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will publish thank-you letters of public interest on the first Sunday of each month. Letters should be less than 300 words and must be signed. Writers should include telephone numbers and addresses for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for clarity, content and space considerations. Names of for-profit businesses […]

Math teacher uses art in instruction

Deborah Watters, a math teacher at Yucca Junior High School, shows examples of how she integrates math and art to teach her students mathematics. By Gary Mitchell A Yucca Junior High School teacher has found a way to liven up mathematics with art — and her students say they enjoy it. Deborah Watters, who received […]

CCC trustees election drawing more interest than in past years

Gary Mitchell Seven candidates and three contested races have made this year’s Clovis Community College Board of Trustees election a bit more interesting than in past years, say election officials. “We’ve already had more activity in this election than any other election of its kind in the past,” said Coni Jo Lyman, deputy chief county […]