Celebrations, Nov. 21, 2021 | Celebrations

Matteo Olibari, 11 years old, a member of the Pueblo of Pojoaque, appeared on the cover of the November issue of Scholastic Magazine, which are distributed to schools all over the world.

Matthew, a Native American hoop dancer who works with the local Lightning Boy Foundation, was the youth category winner in the 2021 World Championships Hop Dance Competition at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

But he told the magazine he believes the traditional dance form is about more than just winning competitions.

“It is important to carry on this tradition,” he said. “If it’s not passed on, it will be forgotten, and you could lose a part of your culture.”

November issue of Scholastic Celebrates Native American Heritage Month.

“We at the Lightning Boy Foundation Inc. are proud that one of our dancers not only appeared in this month’s issue, but also landed on the cover,” Steve Larance, co-chair of the foundation, wrote in an email.

AARP New Mexico has named Osmanba Omi Albuquerque, the new assistant director of state for advocacy.

A lifelong New Mexican Umi who grew up in Hobbs, Santa Fe, and Cirillos. Graduated from Santa Fe Middle School.

He received his BAs in Psychology and Spanish from the University of New Mexico and his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Omi has several years of experience in advocacy and government relations. Prior to his legal career, he was an Assistant Prosecutor’s Counsel in the 2nd District Attorney’s Office. He also currently serves on the board of the New Mexico Lottery Authority.

Outstanding Education

The University of New Mexico – Los Alamos recently awarded scholarships to 16 recipients, many of whom have received more than one scholarship. Mother and daughter were among the recipients Kara And Webster Rhythm. Kara Webster was the recipient of the American Association of Universities Scholarship, while Rhythm Webster was awarded the Joe and Stella Martinez Memorial Scholarship.

Other recipients include:

  • UNM-LA Scholarship starts here: Luke RaineyAnd Maria Blair
  • Benito Garcia Memorial Scholarship: Paul Alcazar
  • Agnes Finney-Grotto Memorial Endowment: Maria Blair
  • Joe and Stella Martinez Memorial Endowment: Seth Heatherley
  • High Incentive Scholarship: Jimmy Wheeler
  • Jim Sagel Memorial Endowment: Natalia Miz
  • HED incentive to complete the scholarship: High Sandoval
  • Legislative moratorium: Felicity Ferrell
  • Endowment of the Espanola Women’s Club: Felicity Ferrell
  • Los Alamos Public Safety Association Scholarship: Eric GironAnd Anna Yarrow
  • Stop Alice A. Armstrong Memorial: Jenny Montoya
  • Native American Applied Technology Scholarship: Jimmy WheelerAnd Ayanna Gibson
  • Graduation Project: Jordan BowmanAnd Christy Ortega

Several local students enrolled at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City as new students for the fall 2021 semester:

  • Natalie BarAnd Sylvia DavisAnd John GeislerAnd Laila SharplessAnd Leo Smith And Benjamin Tim Santa Fe.
  • Savannah BrownAnd Annika FoxAnd Frances Laurent And Griffin Light Los Alamos.
  • Frances Schneider Pecos.

Fei Hangan From Santa Fe at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Christopher Coffelt He received his Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Aaron Petal From Santa Fe he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from the school.

Three Santa Fe area residents have been named to the dean’s list at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin: Trinity LopezAnd Oscar Loya And Kenan McDonald.


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