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Faces and places, March 9, 2014

By The Santa Fe New Mexican
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

March 09--Desiree Garcia, 17, daughter of Lionel and Louise Garcia, has been named the New Mexico Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. She is a senior at Pojoaque Valley High School and maintains a 3.3 GPA. After graduation, Desiree plans to attend Metro State University in Denver, Colo.

Bianca Cole, the daughter of Robert and Theresa Cole, was named New Mexico Junior Youth of the Year at the annual banquet held in Ruidoso, hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Sierra County. Bianca, 13, is an eighth-grader at Pojoaque Valley Middle School and maintains a 4.0 GPA. She received a trophy and laptop computer for her accomplishment.

----Elizabeth Allen, the daughter of Richard A. Allen and Jeanine T. Allen of Santa Fe, has been named to the Grinnell College Dean's List for the fall semester 2013. Allen is one of 286 students honored for outstanding academic achievement at the college in Grinnell, Iowa. To make the Dean's List, students must have a grade-point average of 3.75 or above.

----Kelsie N. Greenough of Santa Fe has been named to the 2013 fall semester honor roll at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. Students named to the honor roll have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average while carrying 12 or more semester hours.

----Rachel Franklin of Santa Fe was among 1,664 students at Boston University who were awarded academic degrees in January. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience.

----Mei Liu of Los Alamos has been named to the honor list of Oxford College, the two-year liberal arts division of Emory University, in Oxford, Ga., for the 2013 fall semester. Students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher to be named to the list.

----Morika Hensley of Santa Fe has been named to the Dean's List of Emory College, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., for the 2013 fall semester. Students must be have a 3.85 grade-point average or higher to be named to the list.

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----Maslyn Locke, the daughter of Thomas P. and Karen Locke of Los Alamos, has been named to the honor roll for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Kansas.

----The New Mexico Local Government Accreditation Program's Adult Detention Professional Standards Council recently announced that the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Facility has attained accreditation. The accreditation is based on the facilities demonstration to implement and adhere to the program's standards, which serve to enhance the functioning and professionalism of detention facilities in New Mexico. There are 209 New Mexico Association of County Standards that must be complied with for the accreditation. The accreditation is a three-year award.

----The Santa Fe County Risk Management Division staff completed five years of the New Mexico Association of Counties Risk Awareness Program and have reduced workers' compensation claims by 27 percent.

----Santa Fe County's New Mexico Edge graduates enrolled in the New Mexico Certified Public Official Program include County Manager Katherine Miller; Lisa Griego from Public Works; Elsa Ornelas-Segura, a risk management official with the Administrative Service Department; Theresa Romero from theTreasurer's Office; Gary Perez from the Assessor's Office and Deborah Garcia, who works in growth management.

----The New Mexico State Land Office's Field Operations Division has hired a new staff manager, Dana Vackar Strang. Strang most recently was the director of education for Audubon New Mexico and the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary.

She has a bachelor's degree in political science with an emphasis in environmental issues from Colorado College and a master's degree from The University of New Mexico in Parks, Recreation and Environmental Education.

Strang was a manager and educator with the State Land Office, where she developed and implemented statewide programs on natural resource conservation and sustainability. She is a former president and board member of the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico, a former chairwoman of the Youth Conservation Corps Commission, and was the statewide coordinator for the national curriculum of the Leopold Education Project.

Strang started work in her new position Feb. 3.

----Melody Hett and Stewart Ottersberg Enriquez, both of Santa Fe, have been awarded merit scholarships based on their grade-point averages and ACT/SAT test scores at Oklahoma City University. Merit scholarships are awarded to students annually up to seven consecutive semesters if academic performance is maintained.

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----Ernie LeDoux, a highway maintainer for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, was named Employee of the Month for January. LeDouix demonstrated excellent service to the public when he provided Robin Laws with roadside help, according to a news release. "His efforts prove good people with kind hearts help people because it is the right thing to do," the release states.

----Rikki Valentine was accepted to participate in the 2014 Miss Teen Albuquerque Pageant on Sunday, March 9, at the Macey Performing Arts Center in Socorro. If she wins the title of Miss Teen Albuquerque, Valentine would represent Albuquerque and the surrounding communities at the national competition in Orlando, Fla.

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