LA students among state’s winners

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Education > Governor visit Piñon to congratulate 2nd grader Del Mauro

By The Staff

A trio of Los Alamos Public Schools students were among the winners of the Gov. Susana Martinez’s True Summer Reading Challenge and were recognized in a ceremony at Piñon Elementary School Monday.
Among those honored were Bryanna Trujillo, a first grader from Barranca Mesa, Rocco Del Mauro, a second grader from Piñon, and Benjamin Sanchez, a third grader from Aspen.
Martinez paid a visit to Piñon Monday afternoon, one of two stops she made to announce the winners of the challenge.
The New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge was designed to encourage school-aged kids in the state to read during the summer months. The emphasis was on keeping students sharp during the summer when they might otherwise be in front of the television.
“Knowing how to read is the very foundation of learning,” Martinez said in a statement announcing the winners Monday. “Once our kids learn to read, they read to learn. And that is a skill they will need for the rest of their lives.”
To enter, students must have submitted a log of the books they read over the summer. Those who read at least 12 books and submitted an essay on why they love New Mexico were entered in a random drawing to win one of several nifty prizes given away by the state.
Trujillo was one of four students in the state to win an adventure as a junior zookeeper for a day at the ABQ Biopark Zoo. Del Mauro earned a meeting with a University of New Mexico Lobo basketball coach, an autographed basketball and inclusion in a center-court ceremony at an upcoming UNM game, a prize that was awarded to three students across the state.
And Sanchez won a fossil digging adventure with one of the state’s paleontologists a behind-the-scenes tour of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque.
The grand prize in the statewide contest, an all-expense-paid vacation to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, was scheduled to be drawn for this week, as well.