ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A cross-country runner from Clovis who showed great sportsmanship, a budding country singer from Farmington, and the owner and star of the New Mexico United soccer team were among those honored at the Albuquerque Journal’s 2019 Spirit of New Mexico awards on Monday.
Established in 2009, the awards are given to people who boost New Mexico through sportsmanship, education, community and compassion, and who were written about in the pages of the Journal. The reporters who wrote the stories introduced the recipients and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham presented the awards.
“The breadth of what they’re doing in our state is really, truly remarkable,” Lujan Grisham said of this year’s recipients, who include retiring leaders leaving behind legacies at their respective institutions, and teenagers who have already inspired through their talents and actions.