Talk about your Renaissance Man…


Let’s start with sports, where Aranda in February won his second straight state wrestling championship at 189 pounds. A four-year starter in football for the Horsemen, he was an all-state selection at linebacker his junior and senior years.


With a 3.60 GPA, Aranda has an interest in music too. He’s played violin since he was six years old and is a member of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony.


But he’s not going to college to play sports or music. After he graduates from St. Mike’s, Aranda is heading to Caux, Switzerland to be a student in the Switzerland Hotel Management School!






Commitment in the classroom meets competitiveness on the athletic field in the person of Pollard. Called a fierce competitor by Artesia girls basketball coach Jeff Houghtaling, Pollard was the Bulldogs’ leading scorer as well as pacing her team in assists, steals and free-throw percentage.


The 5-foot, 7-inch guard hopes to keep playing collegiately. In the meantime, Candace will be throwing the javelin for Artesia just before graduation. Last year, she qualified for the state track & field meet in that event.






The Coyotes’ boys basketball team was undefeated in February and Olesinski was a substantial part of that as Roswell geared up to defend its Class 4A state title. At 6-foot, 8-inches tall, Marek can bang inside when required. But the big guy can hit the outside shot and that poses a big problem for opponents.


Good student? Put it this way…mediocre students don’t get accepted to the Air Force Academy. That’s where Olesinski will play his college ball.






A junior at Clovis in 2009-10, Southard finished sixth at the state swim meet in the 500-yard girls freestyle race – a best ever finish for a Clovis High swimmer in that event. Southard finished the season as the school record holder for four individual events: the 500-free, the 100-freestyle, the 200-freestyle and the 200-yard Individual Medley.


In the classroom, Southard is a near-Straight A student and one of her favorite subjects is French.


In the summer, she gets ready for the swim season by competing in Triathlons.


Tres Bien, Jill Southard!





A steady, composed presence on the court for the Rams, Carrasco scored 24 points to lead his team when Portales played its first-round playoff game against St. Michael’s. His squad’s leading scorer in Febuary, Carrasco averaged 15 ppg from his point guard position.


A student with a 3.7 grade point average, Shawn has also excelled in football and baseball for the Rams.


According to basketball coach Mark Gallegos: “He’s got a real calm demeanor and it’s really hard to rattle Shawn; he’s real laid-back.”






A hard-nosed player on the court, Swann aggressively pushed the pace against Eagles’ opponents in February and showed an outside touch she’s possessed her whole high school career. When the season ended, Swann had set a new school record for 3-point shots (54).


Also a volleyball player and sprinter during the track season, Jocelyn has a 3.78 GPA in the classroom.


“She’s one of those hard-working kids that coaches like to talk about; someone that will run through a wall for you,” said Clovis Christian girls basketball coach Max Kralicek.




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