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Changes aplenty at LAHS

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Los Alamos High School will see lots of exciting changes as the new school year begins.
Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist arrived in Hilltopper territory from Silverdale, Wash., to take over as the top ’Topper, on July 1.
“I’m really pleased to be received as the principal of Los Alamos High School,” said Belew-Nyquist. “It’s my impression that our community really loves the schools and treasurers our students to do well and be well.”
As Belew-Nyquist settles into her new surroundings, she is excited and prepared to carry on the traditional of excellence working with students and staff.
Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent, Gene Schmidt, has spent considerable time with the new principal as a variety of planning and implementation is put in place throughout the summer.
“For those who have not met Dr. Belew-Nyquist, they will be very pleased,” said Schmidt. “She has exceptional leadership talents and a strong background in raising student achievement.”
One project the new principal and her team will implement is the Early College Academy.
The program is a partnership between Los Alamos High School and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.
The goal is to work with incoming freshmen and some sophomores to earn college credit and possibly an Associate of Arts degree, in conjunction with their high school diploma.
Another summer project has been the dedicated work to provide Smith Auditorium with a makeover.
Ross Mason, Duane Smith Auditorium Manager, along with staff from facilities, are working to renovate the community treasure with new seating, remodeled dressing rooms, lobby, green room, control booth, new draperies and a new public address system.
According to Mason, naming opportunities are still available for areas such as the main lobby, scenic shop, orchestra pit, dressing rooms and the green room.
Those who would like to honor a family member or alumni, additional information is available from Mason by calling 470-9879.
There’s a lot in store as the Hilltopper staff welcomes students back for the 2014-2015 school year.
“I look forward to meeting and seeing the members and the stakeholders of our school community,” said Belew-Nyquist. “On a lighter note, I also look forward to answering the question red or green.”