Youth activities and community awards from Mayor Dale Janway

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Things have really been picking up at the Bob Forrest Youth Sports Complex, and we hope they will stay that way.  This past weekend, Jeff Munro helped organize the Angels 4 Autism fastpitch softball tournament.

This national movement started with 12-year-old Alex Green. Alex’s older sister Kai played for a fastpitch softball team in Florida. Kai’s coach came up with the idea to increase autism awareness and provide additional support. For more information, please visit https://angels4autism-tournaments.org/

The tournament in Carlsbad drew 20 teams, including two local groups. The 12U NM Bombers finished third in their bracket. 

Baseball and softball are also beginning this week at the complex. Softball games began on Monday and Little League baseball games are also now back in action through Shorthorn and National. This is great news for our local youth – most league sports were cancelled last spring. Soccer will also be starting May 8. We look forward to seeing more and more news about local youth sports taking place, and our sports complex is still the best in the state.

Since we’re on the subject of youth, congratulations to all of the graduating students who received scholarship honors this week. This is probably a good time to announce some of our own “Spirit of Carlsbad” student winners. Our selection committee consisted of Janell Whitlock, Ricky Garcia, Jessica Onsurez and Linda Dodd. We will be presenting them with their honors on May 19.

We had a tie for our “Student Humanitarian of the Year” between Joseph Kindopp and Devyn Martinez. Joseph spent his December dressing up at the Grinch to bring holiday cheer to families across Carlsbad. He then donated the money raised to local charity. Devyn is a member of the world-famous Albertson’s “A” Team and a senior at Loving High School. Our judges felt there was just no way to choose between these two amazing students and their special outreach.  

Valeria Quezada was selected as our “Outstanding Student Citizen of the Year.” Valeria is an intern at City Hall. She was nominated by someone from outside of the City, but all of our committee members felt she was very deserving. She has been her school’s BPA president for the past two years and has her own business and Podcast. She certainly does an outstanding job working for the city. 

Finally, Kandle Kitchens was selected as our “Mayor’s Student of the Year” recipient. Kandle is an intern at the library, and she was singled out for her creativity in her nomination. She is currently the New Mexico State President for Business Professionals of America and volunteers at her church. 

We’ll talk about some of our other Spirit of Carlsbad winners soon, but congratulations to these winners and to all of our outstanding youth.

From the office of Mayor Dale Janway

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