Officials from Las Cruces Public Schools honored 77 graduating seniors, who demonstrated they are fluent in two or more languages, at a special recognition ceremony Thursday, April 26 at the Oñate High School Performing Arts Center. All of the students honored at the ceremony are set to receive the state seal of bilingualism-biliteracy on their New Mexico diploma of excellence when they graduate later this year.

Bilingual Seal Ceremony

Graduating seniors from throughout the district, set to earn the state seal of bilingualism-biliteracy on their New Mexico diploma of excellence, receive medals and certificates of recognition at a special ceremony Thursday, April 26 at the Oñate High School Performing Arts Center.

“What these students have accomplished is no small feat,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing. “Becoming fluent in two or more languages demonstrates that these students possess the talent and dedication to be successful in whatever career they choose.”

To earn the seal, students must meet several requirements, including successful completion of state assessments in a language, written and oral presentations, and a minimum grade point average in a number of language courses. As part of the recognition ceremony, students were awarded school-specific medals, inscribed with the seal and certificates of recognition.


Former Las Cruces High School Principal Jed Hendee, LCPS officials and Board of Education President Ed Frank recognize a senior who will receive the state seal of bilingualism-biliteracy on his New Mexico diploma of excellence. The recognition is part of a districtwide ceremony to honor students who are set to earn the state seal when they graduate later this year.

“The seal sends a message about the value of language learning, giving a boost to students who excel in a foreign language, as well as those who are native speakers of languages other than English,” said Dr. Jennifer Haan, LCPS executive director of bilingual and migrant education.

According to the state seal guidance handbook, the state seal of bilingualism-biliteracy on a New Mexico diploma of excellence certifies that the recipient is proficient for meaningful use in college, a career or to meet a local community language need in a world language other than English. The handbook also states that each graduate’s high school transcript shall also indicate that the graduate received the state seal on their New Mexico diploma of excellence.

The seal was introduced by the New Mexico Public Education Department in fall 2015.

The students who were recognized are as follows:


Centennial High School:

Marhec Arreola, Spanish/English

Ammy Bautista, Spanish/English

Ivander Camona, Spanish/English

Paulina Carrera, Spanish/English

Luisa Chavez, Spanish/English

Axel Flores, Spanish/English

Hansel Florian, Spanish/English

Brian Gonzalez, Spanish/English

Daniel Grajeda, Spanish/English

Jesus Lozoya, Spanish/English

Emma Murillo, Spanish/English

Victoria Najera, Spanish/English

Ariana Parra, Spanish/English

Eulalio Perez-Guereca, Spanish/English

Eduardo Quintana, Spanish/English

Noe Rivera-Puentes, Spanish/English

Bryan Robles Guzman, Spanish/English

Hillary Rodriguez, Spanish/English

Martin Ruiz Lozano, Spanish/English

Kennedy Ulmer, Spanish/English

Karissa McDonald, French/English

Jazmin Collins, Japanese/English

Jessa Gegax, French/English


Las Cruces High School:

Maria Chacon, Spanish/English

Andrea Hernandez, Spanish/English

Nohemi Molinar, Spanish/English

Jacqueline Cervantes-Vanderlugt, French/English

Andrew Cowie, French/English

Charlotte Flores, French/English

Luis Paque-Garns, French/English

Sophie Noshirwani, French/English

Quinlan Pope, French/English

Julie Smith, French/English

Caroline Williams, French/English

Jonathan Brown, Spanish/French/English

Guadalupe Duran, Spanish/French/English

Karen Romero, Spanish/French/English

Jessica Reyes, Spanish/French/English


Mayfield High School:

Luis Aguilar Montoya, Spanish/English

Anahi Carrazco Ponce, Spanish/English

Sebastian Compean, Spanish/English

Nayeli Aurora Frias, Spanish/English

Ambar Holguin, Spanish/English

Elizabeth Miranda, Spanish/English

Cecelia Piñon, Spanish/English

Yesenia Ramirez, Spanish/English

Norma Rangel, Spanish/English

Tiffany Rios, Spanish/English

Cassaundra Roberto, Spanish/English

Angel Soto, Spanish/English

Jose Hiram Tarin-Caldera, Spanish/English

Luis Varela Chavez, Spanish/English

Yajaira Zaragosa, Spanish/English

Maria Lara Moreno, French/English

Harmony Lozoya French/English

Ashley Ramirez, French/English

Kimberely Perez-Hernandez, Spanish/French/English


Oñate High School:

Edgar Arevalo Molina, Spanish/English

Juan Burgos, Spanish/English

Abril Casillas, Spanish/English

Idali Enriquez, Spanish/English

Brizia Gonzalez, Spanish/English

Raul Gonzalez, Spanish/English

Jennifer Hernandez, Spanish/English

Osmara Macias, Spanish/English

Ericka Olivas, Spanish/English

Destiny Pando, Spanish/English

Tiffanie Pate, Spanish/English

Abigail Pinedo, Spanish/English

Cristal Ramirez, Spanish/English

Bayron Romero Francisco, Spanish/English

Eduardo Saldivar, Spanish/English

Atzin Sanchez, Spanish/English

Fatima Torres, Spanish/English

Ramon Torres Varela, Spanish/English

Ana Villegas, Spanish/English

Abril Ybarra, Spanish/English

-LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren,, (575) 527-5808