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Dora Graduate Wins NMSU Outstanding Agriculture Student Award

LAS CRUCES -- Donita Massey, a 1991 graduate of Dora High School, received the Outstanding Student in Agriculture Award from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University in an Apr. 18 ceremony.


Massey is a Crimson Scholar and maintained a 4.0 grade point average during her 1995 academic year. She also was a founder of the CERES women's agriculture fraternity at NMSU and served as its first president. Approximately 30 students belong to CERES fraternity, which has members with the highest grade point average of any Greek organization at NMSU.

During her college career, Massey served as an ambassador for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences to recruit new students and lobby the state legislature for college funding. She also was a member of the college's speaker's bureau and presented motivational and agriculture-related speeches at high school assemblies and banquets, commencement exercises, vocational agriculture classes and similar groups.

Massey served as a member of NMSU's National Agri-Marketing Association chapter that was named the national outstanding chapter at a recent competition in San Diego. In 1995, the NMSU chapter was selected as outstanding developing chapter.

For the past two years, Massey worked in the college's agricultural communications department, where she wrote news releases and feature stories that were distributed to media statewide. She also began production on a video about careers in agriculture and home economics.

"Everything I've done in my life has something to do with agriculture," Massey said.

She will graduate in May with her bachelor's in agricultural economics with a communications emphasis.

Massey is the daughter of Donald and JoBeth Massey, of Dora.