LC Bulletin: Seven Las Crucens named to Reserve Bank Board

December 6, 2013. Retrieved online December 9, 2013 from LC Bulletin Staff, Las Cruces Bulletin

Students participate with Gadsden and El Paso reps

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Seven Las Cruces Public Schools high school seniors have been named to the Student Board of Directors of the El Paso Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

The students are:

  • Centennial High School: Nicolette Young and Micaela De Larosa
  • Las Cruces High School: Alfredo Gurmendi and Mason Watkins-Quiñones
  • Mayfield High School: Barbra De Leon Barton
  • Oñate High School: Sara Riviere and Seth Siler

The El Paso Branch of the Federal Reserve sponsors the 27-member student board in partnership with LCPS, the Gadsden Independent School District, five school districts in El Paso and west Texas and three El Paso private schools, said Centennial social studies teacher Andrew Montoya.

The eighth annual program “provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about the roles and functions of the Federal Reserve while learning about their local community and developing leadership skills,” he said.

Each participating school district nomi­nated students to serve one-year terms on the board.

Mayfield teacher Hanna Phillips nominated student Barbra De Leon Barton for board membership.

“Miss De Leon wants to major in economics and has already taken economics classes at NMSU,” Phillips said. “She is excited about the program and is learning a lot about her future career through the activities she experiences at the bank.”

Students were sworn in as board members at an October dinner and will serve through May 2014. They will attend monthly meetings at the El Paso Federal Reserve branch that will include guest speakers, presentations, round­table discussions and educational exercises, Montoya said.

For more information, contact Montoya at 527-9430 or

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