Top grads to be honored

(ALAMOSA, COLORADO) More than 100 graduates from Trinidad State will receive certificates and diplomas at a ceremony at Alamosa High School on Friday night.

Graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average are computer science student Hondo Snyder and Loral Hall.

Hall will receive a Certificate in Massage Therapy and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Holistic Health.  She plans on opening her own massage business and someday wants to go move into the field of sports massage therapy.

Nine graduates finished with a GPA between 3.75 and 3.99.   Lea Chavez, a Business Administration major, finished at Trinidad State in December and is now at Adams State University studying Business.  Nathan Haslett will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing.  He plans to continue his education at Grand Canyon University.  Katrina Hartzell plans to attend Adams State University in the fall.  She will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with an emphasis in Agricultural Business.

Maria Ortega will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Addictions Counseling.  She plans to continue at Trinidad State and get an associate of arts and then transfer to a four-year school and get a bachelor’s degree.  Adrian Salo will receive an associate’s degree and then transfer to the University of Nebraska at Omaha to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education.

Marcos Trujillo will receive an Associate’s Degree in Computer Technologies and will continue his education at the University of Arizona.

Kimberly Ballard will receive an associate’s degree and then continue her education at Adams State University.  She hopes to someday become a social worker in the San Luis Valley.

Other top graduates with a grade point average of greater than 3.5 are Korey Sandoval, Angela Waggoner,  Vanessa Torres, Alan Price, Joshua Gonzales and Kathryn Trujillo.

The keynote speaker at the graduation is Dr. Harold DeSelms.  He was the president at Trinidad State Junior College 20 years ago when the Valley Campus in Alamosa became part of Trinidad State.   The celebration begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 9 at the Alamosa High School Gymnasium.

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