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Dona Ana Community College will honor its Spring 2010 Outstanding Seniors

For their outstanding academic performance, leadership, scholarship and participation in university and community activities, the New Mexico State University Alumni Association will honor the Dona Ana Community College Outstanding Seniors for Spring 2010.


An outstanding senior was chosen from each of Dona Ana's four divisions and the White Sands Center. An honorary luncheon will be held for the recipients Tuesday, April 27, in Corbett Center Student Union.

The Technical Studies Division will honor Claudia Higuera of Deming, who will receive an associate's degree in general studies and pre-architecture. Higuera has a 3.35 GPA, has earned the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship and has served as a committee chairperson for the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), in which she has been a member for two years. She has participated in community activities such as Trek for Trash, Habitat for Humanity, and has collected donated goods for local charity organizations. She has also participated in various ASDACC functions.

The Business and Information Systems Division will honor Polly Bencomo of Las Cruces, who will receive an associate's degree in health information technology. Bencomo has a 3.89 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar and has received an award for the innovative idea of putting indigent applications online while working at the Gila Regional Medical Center. She has been the recipient of several scholarships, such as the Memorial Scholarship, the Springboard Scholarship, the Sandra and George Abernathy Endowed Scholarship and the DACC Scholarship.

The Health and Public Services Division will honor Loran Hoffeins of Las Cruces, who will receive an associate's degree in public health. Hoffeins has a 3.47 GPA, has been a Crimson Scholar and is on the dean's list. She has served as president of the Public Health Student Association, has donated time and money to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the New Mexico Math, Science and Arithmetic Program, the American Cancer Society, the Children's Miracle Network, the United Blood Services and the Coats for Kids Program.

The General Studies Division will honor Lea Lucero of Las Cruces, who will receive an associate's degree. Lucero has a 4.0 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Theta Kappa and Gamma Beta Phi. She has volunteered for The Spirit of Children to raise money for the Children's Oncology Unit. She has also volunteered at the El Coldito Soup Kitchen, community service at elementary schools, prepares taxes for the elderly, friends and family, and has sold roses for the Mother's Day sale in which all proceeds went to the Lion's Club.

The White Sands Center will honor Sgt. David Witt of White Sands Missile Range, who will receive an associate's degree in general studies. Witt has a 3.8 GPA. He is an active-duty soldier stationed at WSMR and is the non-commissioned officer-in-charge of both the Out Patient Clinic and the Allergy/Immunization Clinic at the U.S. Army's McAfee Health Clinic. During his six years of service, Witt has earned two Army Commendation Medals as well as receiving a distinguished award for his leadership ability at the Army's Warrior Leadership Course. His enlistment ends in 2011 and he plans to attend NMSU to earn a bachelor's degree in filmmaking.

For more information contact the NMSU Alumni Association at (575) 646-3616.