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Coronado FFA Students Take Top Prizes at State Fair

The Coronado High School FFA program continued its tradition of excellence at this year’s Southern New Mexico State Fair, earning top prizes in several categories.

“I am very proud of our students,” said Jenn Matejcek, agricultural science teacher. “They work very hard and long hours, growing and prepping their animals and other projects. We had a great year with many more animals to show.”

Students competed in categories ranging from livestock, baking to art.

Junior Tye Claridge earned Grand Champion in the poultry category, selling his entry for $4,500. Sophomore Christopher Thatch took third place for his steer, earning $3,800.

The T-Birds also took home Grand Champion for their agricultural mechanics small and large project entry.

Below is the full list of participants and fair results:


Tye Claridge: Grand Champion Sold $4,500

Alejandro Navarette: 3rd Place

Yoseph Hernandez: 6th Place

Lauren Holderman

Christopher Thatch



Rebecca Brandmeyer


Shaye Alost: 6th Place

Lauren Holderman: 7th Place

Reed Jenson: 8th Place



Christopher Thatch: 3rd Place Sold $3,800

Arts and Crafts:

Amani Hernandez: 1st Place

Maria Boccaccio-Mantecon: 1st Place and 2nd Best of Show $20

Nicole Gonzales: 1st and 2nd Place



Mauricio Valdez: 1st okra, 1st elephant ear, 2nd white strawberry, 3rd avocado, 4th avocado

Agricultural Mechanics:

Grand Champion for Small and Large Project

Reserve Grand Champion for Small and Large Project

Alejandro Navarrete

Yoseph Hernandez

Alex Pustinger

Reed Jenson

Tye Claridge

Jeremy Aguirre

Erin Rocha

Michael Blackmon

Able Griswold


Baked Goods:

Francesca Cattuci: Pecan Brittle 2nd place

Lauren Holderman: Brownies 2nd place

Diana Aguilar: Banana Pecan Bread 1st Place

Reed Jenson: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins 1st Place

Carlos Granados: Candied Pecans 1st Place

Jonathan Carrizal: Pecan Praline 1st Place, Pecan Pie 2nd Place

Gina Saenz: Pecan Bars 2nd Place, Apple Pie Cupcakes 1st Place

Alejandro Navarrete: Limes 1st Place, Hay 2nd Best of Show $15


Chapter Booth:

3rd Best of show

Shannon Watzling

Katherine Goodrich

Aime Muela

Victoria Enriquez

Jade Vera

Rodney Atkins to Headline Rio Grande Country Jam at El Paso County Coliseum

The Rio Grande Country Jam is back and set for Saturday, September 23, at the El Paso County Coliseum Pavilion located at 4100 East Paisano.

This years jam will feature country music star Rodney Atkins, Bri Bagwell and Frank Ray from Las Cruces, as well as El Paso’s own Abe Mac.

The event, which is part of the El Paso County Fair, will get underway at noon and also will feature food, vendors, mechanical bull riding, balloon jumping, roping, rides and more. The popular singer and songwriter Atkins will headline the event.

The Tennessee native charted his first single, “Honesty (Write Me a List),” in 1997 and released his debut album in 2003. Since, he has had several hit songs, including “If You’re Going Through Hell,” “Watching You,” “These Are My People,” “Cleaning This Gun,” “It’s America” and “Take a Back Road.”

His fifth album, “Greatest Hits,” was released in 2015. Bagwell, a four-time Texas Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, released her first full-length album, “When a Heart Breaks,” in 2015, featuring the hit, “My Boots.”

Mac, a Socorro High School graduate, has released two albums – “My Kind of Friends” in 2013 and “Chasing On” in 2015. Ray released the album, “Different Kind of Country,” in July.

Tickets cost $25 and $35, with tables of eight also are available for $87.50, plus fees. All are available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.

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