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Time running out for N.M. students to enter statehood centennial essay contest

With the deadline less than one month away, NMSU history professor Jon Hunner is excited about the interest students are showing in the statehood centennial essay contest.

The contest, open to New Mexico high school seniors, asks students to write an essay on one of two topics to be eligible to win a $2,500 college scholarship: What does it mean to be a New Mexican and what does agriculture mean to New Mexico?

"I am hopeful to see more interest from high school seniors across the state," Hunner said. "Knowing New Mexico's past is important for our young New Mexicans. We share a deep history and a rich heritage. We hope this essay contest will help our high school seniors share what they know and how they feel about our state."

Two scholarships will be awarded - one per topic --and the deadline is Nov. 1. The New Mexico State University history department is coordinating the essay contest as part of the university's centennial celebration of New Mexico statehood. The university will kick off its statehood celebrations in October with its homecoming events.

The agriculture scholarship was donated by the Mesa Farmers Cooperative and may be used at any institution of higher learning selected by the winner. The heritage scholarship will be awarded by the NMSU Alumni Association and may be used only at New Mexico State University.

The essays should be between 750 and 1,000 words. Each submission must include contact information for the student and a phone number for a school advisor or counselor to verify the student is a senior attending a New Mexico high school. Hard copies of the essay should be mailed to Jon Hunner, Department of History, MSC 3H, P.O. Box 30001, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M. 88003.

The winners will be announced at the New Mexico Statehood Centennial breakfast in Las Cruces on Jan. 6, 2012. For more information, contact Hunner at jhunner@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2490.