Centennial High School’s student government members. Centennial was named the New Mexico Association of Student Councils’ 2014 student government of the year. [Photo courtesy of Melanie Stuart, Centennial High School.]

LAS CRUCES – Centennial High School was chosen as the Gold Student Government of the Year at the New Mexico Association of Student Councils (NMASC) State Conference at Española Valley High School February 13-15, 2014, said CHS teacher and student council adviser Melanie Stuart.”I am beyond proud of the student government at CHS for becoming student government of the year after only our second year in existence. These students have gone far and above to create stepping stones for future Hawks by creating pride and tradition,” said Stuart.

Twenty-one members of Centennial student government attended the state conference, joining more than 1,000 students representing high schools from all over the state. Attending from CHS were seniors Saul Baraza, Robert Medina, Isaac Melendrez, Maille Mulligan, Shelby Quintinilla, Tracie Taylor, Nicolette Young, Elaina Frachette, Caitlin Artrip, Heather Shoats and Rachael Ingo; juniors Parker Lancaster, Yesenia Estrada and Berbandy Yanez; sophomores Noah Pelayo, Tyler Morris, Christo Luna, Avery Turner and Corrine Hanson; and freshmen Andrea Dominguez  and Brighton Turner. Advisers in addition to Stuart are Lauren McManus and LaDelle Hash.

CHS Student Body President Nicolette Young was elected as the second vice president of NMASC in 2013 and also went to the national Association of Student Councils conference in Las Vegas as a representative for New Mexico schools. Three CHS students serve as NMASC southwest district officers: Parker Lancaster, district president; Tyler Morris, vice-president; and Noah Pelayo, district secretary.

The state conference consists of keynote speakers, state elections, awards and competitions, adviser recognition, student lead workshops, collaboration among students in the planning of the their school events, community services and leadership opportunities, said Stuart.

For more information, contact Stuart at 575.527.9330 or