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Raton’s Alyssa Aragon recipient of El Richards/Frances Walsh Spirit Scholarship

ALBUQUERQUE — Raton Varsity Cheerleader Alyssa Aragon was honored at halftime of the 4A Varsity boys basketball championship game at the The Pit on Saturday, March 12 in Albuquerque as Brian Denton, representing Varsity Spirit, presented her with the NMAA El Richards/Frances Walsh Spirit Scholarship.

Alyssa carries a 4.21 GPA, is currently ranked third in her class at Raton High school, and has been on the honor roll since her freshman year. As a member of the FCCLA, Aragon is currently the state president and has held the positions of State First Vice-President and Vice-President of Parliamentary Procedure during the 2013-14 school year. She has been involved in Student Senate since 2012, holding the positions of sophomore class president (2013-14) and is currently the student body president. Aragon also holds the secretary position in the National Honor Society. Since 2012. she has been a member of the Art Club and Pep Club and a member of the Tigers’ cheerleading squad.

Aragon, currently the team’s captain, was named a Spirit Xpress West All-American and a UCA All-American twice, while guiding her team to second-place finishes at the State Spirit Competition in 2013 and 2014. Other honors include the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, and the American Citizenship Award given to an active student leader who displays a positive attitude,. school citizenship and strength of character.

Throughout her high school career, Aragon’s goal has been to become a state champion in cheer. She credits her time on the cheerleading squad to helping her build her strength of character, leadership, discipline and determination. Not only has she been active at her school but in her community as well, volunteering at the St. Patrick’s /St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Fiesta Celebration, the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and cancer foundations like the Relay for Life, Color Run, and the Light the Night Charity Run/Walk. Alyssa is the daughter of Nick and Carolyn Aragon.