Two New Mexico students are in the Big Apple this week for a Broadway show, fancy hotel stay and honorary luncheon after winning a national essay contest.
First Serve – New Mexico announced that Santa Fe High School student Quinn Morris, 13, and Amanda Trujillo, 17, of Mandela International Magnet School were among 10 winners picked out of nearly 3,000 others in the annual Arthur Ashe essay contest.
“We are ecstatic to start the fall semester with this outstanding recognition of two of our students. Their success in this essay contest is a testament to the dedication and commitment of all of our students in the program,” First Serve – New Mexico Executive Director Eleanor Brenner said in a news release.
Sponsored by the National Junior Tennis and Learning section of the United States Tennis Association, Morris and Trujillo were to arrive in New York on Thursday and stay through Sunday, according to the release.
The students are staying at the Grand Hyatt NYC, will be guests in the president’s suite at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, see a Broadway show, get a tour of Deloitte’s headquarters at 30 Rock and have a special luncheon in their honor.
Established in 2003, First Serve – New Mexico has given Santa Fe and Pojoaque students in grades 3 through 12 a mix of after-school academic tutoring, life skills curricula and tennis instruction, according to the release.
Some of the program graduates get a full-ride scholarship to college, complete their degrees in four years and often go on to pursue graduate studies.
For more information, visit www.firstservenewmexico.org.
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