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Alumni Association honored outstanding Dona Ana Branch graduates

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association honored four outstanding Fall 2002 Dona Ana Branch Community College (DABCC) graduates at a reception Dec. 3.

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The awards were based on outstanding scholarship, leadership ability and participation in college and community activities.

The Business and Information Systems Division selected Rebecca Ponce, who was an occupational education and library technology major. Ponce, of La Mesa, N.M., was a Crimson Scholar and graduated with a 4.0 grade point average. She helped establish library services at the DABCC Gadsden satellite campus and currently volunteers at the La Mesa Elementary School Library.

The Health and Public Services Division selected Cecilia Renteria, who was a dental assistant major. Renteria, of Las Cruces, has participated in "Mom's Kids," a community project that expresses the importance of dental care for young children and expectant mothers, and organized a dental health fair for the Adolescent Family Life Project. She graduated with a 3.4 grade point average.

The Technical Studies Division selected Hilario F. Ortega, who was a heating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HACR) major. Ortega, of Las Cruces, competed in the National Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) Competition twice and was the secretary for the HACR VICA Club. He graduated with a 3.857 grade point average.

The White Sands Education Center selected Chadwick W. Wormer, who was an associate undesignated major. Wormer, of Carlisle, Pa., is a staff sergeant in the United States Army. He graduated with a grade point average of 3.75.

For more information about DABCC's outstanding graduates, call the Alumni Office at (505) 646-3616.