Student Hall of Fame

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Zach Rachal became the second member of his family to win a state championship in the heavyweight 5A wrestling division in January. Rachal's brother, A.J., was Hobbs High School's first state champion in the sport in 2007.

atwoodChase Atwood became only the second Hobbs student in the history of the Boys State program to be elected governor during the 2011 session in Portales. Atwood had to win the endorsement of his party and the votes of 110 boys from across New Mexico in order to get the chance to preside over the five-day political camp sponsored by the American Legion.

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The HHS boys track team took 2nd place in state competition on May 14  and brought home four individual championships. First place winners were Daniel Fuentes in the 110-meter hurdles, Kevin Fry in the shotput, Isaiah Lintz in the triple jump and Shay Reimers in the high jump. (Hobbs News-Sun Photo).


Kenneth Fadke won the state 5A individual golf championship in Socorro on May 10 after a two-day tournament. The HHS junior took a two-stroke lead after a three-hole playoff, eventually winning over a Clovis player by one stroke. The boys golf team, in the meantime, finished second in the state.

mankadA ninth-grade student beat out high school students from around the state – including seniors – to win a state championship during last weekend’s state Science Olympiad competition in Socorro.
Rushi Mankad, a Hobbs Freshman High School student, had the highest point total over students much older than himself in the anatomy and physiology competition.  At the junior high level, Houston Junior High finished in fourth-place statewide, its highest finish ever in a competition often dominated by private and charter schools.


The pencil drawing of Hobbs High School student Alfonso Rangel - which he prepared the day before the contest - won a statewide Scholastic Art Award. Rangel's work - the only one to make the cut from Hobbs -  will now be entered into a national competition. 

HHS junior Omar Carrasco was honored at a recent school board meeting after winning first place in the statewide Stock Market Game InterWrite Essay Contest. Carrasco's essay, which addressed the topic of a young couple planning for retirement and their children's college education, beat out submissions from 705 other student teams.  Carrasco was assigned the essay in the Personal Finance class of Nancy  Davis, also pictured.

symphonyMichael Bradley, Jeremiah Zamora and Heather Etter - pictured here with Southwest Symphony conductor Mark Jelinek - this week  became the first high school students to perform with the symphony since its 1983 inception. Musicians toured elementary schools prior to performing for third and fourth-graders on Tuesday.  The fourth grade violin class also performed for their classmates to start off the concert at Tydings Auditorium.


College Lane sixth grader Aimee Breeden accepts congratulations from American Legion Americanism Program Chairwoman Kay Bryan for writing a patriotic essay that won first place in a 10-state region..

geographyRushi Mankad, a Houston 8th grader, recently qualified for state level National Geography Bee competition in Albuquerque. In order to do so, Mankad first won a schoolwide competition, then achieved a qualifying score on a written test. If he does well at state, Mankad has the possibility to advance to the national contest in Washington D.C. hosted by Jeopardy's Alex Trebek.


Houston Junior High students recognized at Tuesday night's Hobbs School Board meeting included (from back) Brady Spears, Irene Cantu, Rushi Mankad and Kenneth Hafer. The young scientists won state championships in recent Science Olympiad competitions in Socorro. Spears and Cantu brought home one first-place finish while Mankad and Hafer finished first in two events.

artistsMelody McLaughlin, a senior at Hobbs High School, and Leo Aguilar, junior, were recently named Scholastic Art award winners. Their pieces were chosen for regional recognition from more than 165,000 entries. Their work will now be submitted to judges for national level distinction.

Jefferson dual language student Amy Vejil was the winner in the district's Spanish Spelling Bee - which requires students to not only spell, but also insert
accents in Spanish.


Jarred Pratt, a four-time district champion and HHS senior, capped his wrestling career with a state championship title during the state meet in Albuquerque in February.

TiAundra Luevano, a Houston 8th grader, spelled "spherical" correctly in the 11th round of the District Spelling Bee to take the title.

science fairFifth-grader Matthew Shoults Gomez won the districtwide Science Fair in January. Gomez' gathered bacteria from computer laptops as part of his research on whether nurses are less contaminated than students.

malletMallet Reid, who was the first HHS student to finish second in diving at a state competition, also became the first to win a diving scholarship to a Division I school - the University of Evansville.


(May 2009) Adam Marinovich, who won both academic and
athletic scholarships at the HHS Awards Program, was also given the Principal's Leadership Award by HHS staff. Each year the award goes to the student who best combines academics with citizenship and other Character Counts traits.

taylor(March 2008)  Jeff Taylor was both jubilant and relieved when the Eagles overcame several obstacles -- including a technical foul call in the last 41 seconds -- to edge archrival Clovis and win a 16th state basketball championship for Hobbs. It was an epic high school battle that many in the crowd of 15,000 said was the best they'd ever seen.

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