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‘Soar Thru’ celebration planned for Volcano Vista seniors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Volcano Vista High School is planning a drive-thru celebration for the class of 2020 – endearingly called a “Soar Thru” for the school’s hawk mascot.

On May 15, seniors are encouraged to drive through the campus with their families in decorated vehicles as they are recognized for their hard work.

Volcano Vista Principal Vickie Bannerman said staff members will be there to cheer on students.

There will be photo opportunities and seniors will receive mementos, all of which will be captured on a recording of the event.

“Although this is not a graduation, there will still be a bit of informal pomp and circumstance to help make one more memory with our seniors,” Bannerman said.

ETHICAL ESSAY CONTEST: Nonprofit New Mexico Ethics Watch is hosting its second annual essay challenge, prompting students to write about “Thinking ethically, do the ends ever justify the means?”

High school students across the state can enter.

“The contest is normally just for high school juniors and seniors, but NMEW opened it to all high school students in public and private schools, as well as traditionally home-schooled students, because of school closures due to COVID-19,” the organization wrote in a news release.

The essay has to be between 500 and 1,000 words. The rest of the details can be found here:

The deadline is May 15 and prizes range from $50 to $500.

‘I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU’: Tony Hillerman Middle School teachers and staff turned to YouTube to show students they are loved and missed.

With schools closed due to COVID-19, educators made a three-minute video montage to The Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There For You” with wacky clips filmed at their homes.

The staff sent messages of encouragement, telling kids to stay engaged while out of the classroom, suggesting they do a puzzle, play with pets and create some artwork, along with a host of other ideas.

You can watch it at

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