Education digest: Spelling bee guidelines change

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

Suggested guidelines for local spelling bees from the Scripps National Spelling Bee have been modified, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools memorandum.

Suggested rules include age limits and other guidelines for spellers. A copy of the guidelines has been sent to Clovis Schools principals, according to the memo.

The Clovis News Journal Scripps spelling bee contact is Leslie Nagy. She may be reached by phone at 763-3431 or e-mail at

The Clovis Schools
contact is Kristin Brooks at
769-4321 or kristinbrooks@

Local youths attend national conference
Two Clovis students attended a national youth leadership conference in Washington, D.C., according to James Bickley Principal Steve Baldock.

Candice Draper, of James Bickley Elementary, and Aycel Villalobos, of Barry Elementary, traveled to the nation’s capital in late October to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, according to Baldock. Draper and Villalobos are sixth-graders.

The students raised money to attend the conference, which helps students develop and sharpen leadership skills by examining leaders of the past, according to Baldock.

CCC officials show troops support
Clovis Community College officials have harnessed the power of technology to show support for deployed troops in Iraq.

CCC Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Christy Casper and Career Services Coordinator John Hansen directed a holiday video to be sent to Iraq with Rooney and Moon’s “Operation: Thank You.”

Local radio personalities Rooney and Moon are expected to leave for Iraq this week to visit troops.

More than 40 CCC students, faculty and staff, including CCC President John Neibling, wished Cannon Air Force Base troops in Iraq happy holidays in the video, according to CCC Marketing and Community Relations Director Lisa Spencer.

“This is only a small way of saying ‘we care.’ This war has touched us all, and if we can make one of our troops feel appreciated, we have made a difference,” said Casper, the wife of a deployed Cannon F-16 pilot.

More than 250 holiday notes from CCC students, faculty and staff will also be sent to Iraq this week, according to Spencer.


Cameo Elementary School students perform “Jungle Book” at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Junior High School auditorium.

Parkview Elementary School students perform their fall music program at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Parkview Multi-Purpose Room.

Sandia Elementary School students perform their Thanks-
giving music program at 5:30 p.m. in the Sandia gym.

Sunday: High Plains Chorale Christmas Concert, 2:30 p.m., Clovis Community College Town Hall.

Wednesday: Clovis Municipal Schools dismiss for Thanksgiving vacation. Classes resume Nov. 27.