Time to celebrate Clovis High alumni


April 3, 2019

It’s that time of year again when we celebrate outstanding Clovis High School alumni through the CMS Education Foundation Hall of Honor.

The gala banquet honoring the recipients will be May 11 at the Clovis Civic Center. This year’s recipients again include a wide range of exceptional graduates, and we are proud to share a few of their stories.

n Bubba Jennings has enjoyed many sports accolades over the years, such as being named “Player of the Year” multiple times, and will be inducted into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame this weekend.

n Tina Reames, owner of Cherry, See, & Reames Architects, came up through the ranks from student intern. Also recipient of many awards she has demonstrated exemplary leadership in the profession.

n Dr. Stacee Santi Longfellow is a veterinarian who’s become an industry leader in innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology in the field of animal science.

n Dr. William T. Phillips is involved in research in the field of nuclear medicine and radiology, performing pioneering studies in his field, also serving as professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

n Jerry P. Large, longtime journalist for the Seattle Times, has demonstrated outstanding reporting on poverty-related issues, receiving a variety of awards in his field, from Washington, D.C., to Edinburgh, Scotland.

n Rudy Garcia, currently finishing his doctoral work, served in the U.S. Army for 24 years, receiving many medals for valor and meritorious service. Currently serving as adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University, Garcia is noted for his work in positive behavioral intervention in public schools.

n Our Top Cat award this year goes posthumously to John Charles Urban, who spent many years in support of the Clovis Municipal Schools. Known as the voice of the Wildcat Band, beginning in 1958, his rendition of the national anthem of Wildcat football games is legendary.

We sometimes forget the importance of one’s early years, but more often than not, there is the powerful influence of a teacher somewhere in the mix; an educator who encouraged or challenged or inspired a young mind to seek a path leading to the best version of one’s self. In celebrating our own who have gone on to achieve outstanding success, we celebrate our educators as well.

This event is open to the public, and we encourage the community to attend. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, and further information is available at CMS Central Office, 575-769-4321.

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy is the instructional technology coordinator for the Clovis Municipal Schools. She can be reached at

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