By Sandi Fullerton: CNJ guest columnist
In regard to the recent controversy and negative publicity concerning Clovis High School, please consider the following facts:
1. 2008 senior class — received $3.1 million in scholarships.
2. ROTC unit received the Distinguished Unit Award from Air Force headquarters for performing more than 3,500 hours of community service.
3. Distributive Education Clubs of America — 11 students placed first, second or third at the state DECA competition. The business law and ethics team won first place. Four students attended the DECA National Convention in Atlanta.
4. Marching band — won first place in the Zia Marching Festival, competing against bands from four states. Both concert and symphonic band won sweepstakes award at district competition as well as receiving a first-division rating at the Dallas Regional Band Festival.
5. Choir programs — four choirs won sweepstakes at district competition. Chorale placed first in its division at the state level. Three choirs attended the St. Louis choir competition with all three placing in the top division, and Chorale chosen as first overall in large-school competition, chosen as honor choir for the state of New Mexico and performing a concert at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque for the New Mexico Music Educators Convention.
6. National Honor Society — includes 128 members, each performing a minimum of five hours of community service, with many performing more and resulting in well over 500 hours of community service.
7. Culinary program — students attended their first state culinary competition, placing third overall.
8. Future Educators of America — two students received Golden Apple Student Awards resulting in spending six weeks at New Mexico State University, mentored by Golden Apple Teachers while working with young people, receiving a stipend and room and board.
9. Drill team — attended the Champion Dance Nationals in Orlando, Fla., receiving award as Best in Class and first place in hip hop, poms and military; attended the American Dance Drill Team Classic in Santa Fe, receiving 13 awards.
10. Girls track team — District champion and won the state championship.
11. Girls volleyball team — District champion, advancing to first-round play in the state tournament.
12. Girls basketball — district runner-up.
13. Girls softball — district runner-up.
14. Swim team — qualified six relays and five individuals in eight events in the New Mexico High School Swim Meet.
15. Boys track team — district champion and fifth place in the state track meet.
16. Boys golf team — district champions and fifth place in the state golf tournament.
17. Boys basketball team — district champion and state runner-up, losing by two points in the final seconds of the championship game.
18. Football team — district champion and state runner-up, losing by one point in double overtime in the championship game.
19. Boys and girls tennis teams — district runners-up, qualified for state tournament where girls won their first-round match. One girl, one boy and one doubles team qualified for the state tournament as individuals.
20. Boys baseball team — district runner-up, participated in the first round of the state tournament.
Most importantly, whether coming from a background of poverty or wealth, violence or hatred, peace or love, 1,380 students are greeted each day with unconditional care and love from the custodial staff, cafeteria staff, faculty, guidance counselors and administrators.
Each day, they experience success, learning and guidance and small yet significant victories, each helping them become better citizens and each improving our tumultuous world.
Please, never stop supporting the fine young people of our community.
Sandi Fullerton is an English instructor at Clovis High School. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org