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NMJC Constitution Day Winners Announced

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Dr. Patty Emmerich, Professor of Government and History (right), announces the 2010 Constitution Day essay winners. Pictured left to right are Brenna Bishop (NMJC), Chandni Sharma (Lovington High School), Mendi Marquez (Lovington High School), Kayla Robi

9/27/2010 3:31:19 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. On September 16, at New Mexico Junior College’s Constitution Day Celebration, seven outstanding students were honored for their literary efforts in conjunction with a Constitution Day competition.  The winners were announced in the Daniels Conference Room in the Ben Alexander Student Learning Center. 

For the competition portion of the Constitution Day event, history students were asked to write a 2-page essay on the topic U. S. Constitution: Dead or Alive? According to Dr. Patty Emmerich, History and Government professor at NMJC and sponsor for the event, the essays showed that students examined various aspects related to the Constitution, rather than focusing on just one area. “The winning essays demonstrated thought, research, and a basic understanding of the Constitution, and some of the students even touched on controversial topics,” said Emmerich.  “I appreciate the fact that the essays examined the complexities and richness of the Constitution to varying degrees.”

Essay winners were as follows: Kayla Robinson, Eunice High School; Brook Emerson, Jal High School; Mendi Marquez, Lovington High School; Chandni Sharma, Lovington High School; Brenna Bishop, NMJC; Joseph Belsom, Tatum High School; and De’Marcus B. Hayes, NMJC. All winning essayists received a $25.00 gift card to the NMJC Bookstore.

According to Emmerich, Constitution Day was established as a federal holiday in 2004 and provides an opportunity to remind Americans about the ways in which the U.S. Constitution has shaped history.

Several students also provided musical entertainment for the event. Dr. Yau-Sun Wong, Professor of Music and Director of the NMJC and Community Chorale, directed student singers Ashleigh Nicolella, Nettie Peters, Stephany Andrews, Jessica Ramirez, Mary Gentry, Cali Johnson, and Reanna Molinaro, as well as student instrumentalists Leslie Herrera (flute), Ali Herrera (saxophone), and Markos Jimenez (percussion).  Dr. Wong served as pianist throughout with a medley of songs from The Sound of Music.

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