Financing the Education of Your Dreams

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How NMMI Changed My Life

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NMMI Named Most Beautiful Military School in the US

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Thanksgiving 2018: A Time to be More Than Thankful

By: Brigadier General Douglas Murray, PhD, Chief Academic Officer/Dean of Academics

Each year for the past five years, I have shared my reflections on the meaning of Thanksgiving to us as Americans. My inspiration comes from the anniversaries celebrated during the current year. Many readers might argue that as a nation, there is little to celebrate in 2018. They would point out numerous examples of violence, a polarized society marked by an equally polarized political process, and an attitude that says to disagree with me makes you wrong. Yes, the argument can be compelling, but are these events a true reflection of America? One who did not believe so quoted John Meacham, author of The Soul of America, in a Guest Editorial in the Northwest Florida Daily News. He said, “History shows us that we are frequently vulnerable to fear, bitterness, and strife. The good news is that we have come through such darkness before.” Senator John McCain wrote that America  could meet any challenge “when we start believing in ourselves again and when we remember that our exceptionalism hasn’t anything to do with what we are … but with who we are: A people united by ideals.”

As I look back over the year past, there are three anniversaries that relate to this thought: the 10th Anniversary of the ending of World War I in 1918, the 50th Anniversary of what Time Magazine called “the year that shaped a generation, 1968, and the 50th anniversary of the television airing of “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” in 1968. Together, they highlight some of the darkest hours in our history, and how we came through them. That is what makes us Americans and deserves our gratitude this Thanksgiving.

On November 11, 1918, the Armistice was signed ending the Great War. The celebration that began that day is marked each year since as Veteran’s Day. This year, in fact, there was a grand celebration in France. The horror of that war led President Wilson in 1918 to turn to the ideals in our Constitution and propose a way other than war to resolve conflict. That proposal became the League of Nations, which, while not preventing World War II, did offer the model for what became the United Nations.

This year, we also marked the 50th anniversary of the year that the Wall Street Journal called “the year America came apart.” Some in our society and media would characterize 2018 the same way. Lance Morrow, in his 1988 written essay, explains the Wall Street characterization. He writes, “American culture and politics ventured into dangerous and experimental regions…Nineteen sixty-eight was a tragedy and horrific entertainment: deaths of heroes, uprisings, suppressions, the end of dreams, blood in the streets of Chicago, and Paris, and Saigon.” We emerged from those challenges in 1968 ever the more stronger. One year later, we landed a man on the moon, and twenty years later, ended the more than eight decades of the Soviet threat to the free world, and ended the cold war. In 2015, I wrote in this newspaper, “Resolutely, each time we as a nation have been challenged; we have met and overcome the adversity. Doing so has bettered us.” And, that is something quite significant to be thankful for on this holiday.

No person better reflects that spirit than Fred Rogers who in 1968 invited the world to visit his neighborhood. In it, he introduced the audience, particularly the children, to the values and principles that characterize the American culture and literally in the words of the Time article above, “shaped a generation.” Is it more than coincidence that in 1968 – that year of darkness- there should emerge Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, which in the words of one analyst created “a balm of kindness and empathy in divisive times.” Fred Rogers’ legacy reflects the spirit and commitment of the American people to strive to be ever more than they could be. As a people, and as a nation that is something to celebrate as we sit down with family and friends for our Thanksgiving dinner.

Finally, Fred Rogers’ legacy suggests one more thing we should do as part of celebrating this holiday.  He talked to the children about America, and his example must inspire us to spend some time to talk to our children and grandchildren about the real meaning of this holiday and why it is a uniquely American holiday. Many of our youth do not know the story of America, of a nation dedicated to the freedom, rights, and dignity of the individual and the first government in history based upon the consent of the governed rather than the authority of a king, czar, or emperor. Surveys of our youth reflect acceptance of authoritarian governments. A World Values Survey in 2011 indicated nearly 25% of Americans between 16 and 24 felt a democracy was not the best way to run a country. That must change. Ben Franklin, upon being asked following the Constitutional Convention, “What have we got a republic or a monarchy?” responded, “A republic if you can keep it.” Something to also think about this Thanksgiving day.


The Balance at NMMI

By Cadet Aaron Donkor–from Germany

Being an athlete here at NMMI, one is asked to do more than being in a normal Junior College. Not only will you get held to a standard in Academics and Athletics but also in the Corps of Cadets. This brings another segment you have to balance somehow. Due to this, I believe when I am moving on to the next school, finding a balance between “just” my academics and being an athlete it will be easier due to the high pace here at New Mexico Military Institute.

Learning to find balance goes hand in hand with time management; I believe I’ve improved that skill tremendously. I realized when I went home that I got more done in less time. Furthermore, I improved the skill of patience. I am more able to endure a short time feeling uneasy in order to reach a set goal. All things in life, are going to have parts one is struggling with or does not like. But to overcome challenges and building the habit of success, there is no better place than here at New Mexico Military Institute.

When you picture your dream job, whatever that might be, there are naturally going to be some aspect you have to overcome in order to enjoy the part of the job which are most pleasing for you. Well, I think I developed that skill not to give up and follow through on stuff in order to do the things I love and enjoy.

Recently here at New Mexico Military Institute, it was Homecoming, which brought many alumni back to share their experience. This opened my eyes again, that people really appreciate their experience at New Mexico Military Institute after they are gone. These alumni are living a better life now, due to their experience at New Mexico Military Institution.

Colts fall to Bears in first round of State

Senior running back Jalil Brown breaks a tackle enroute to his first of two rushing TDs against Hatch Valley in the first round of the NMAA Class 3A State Playoffs.

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The NMMI football team put up 21 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a slow start, as the Hatch Valley Bears bested the Colts in the opening round of the NMAA’s Class 3A State Playoffs, 44-21.

The Bears posted touchdown drives on their first two offensive possessions, then added a third TD right before the end of the half on a 60-yard interception return, giving Hatch a 20-0 lead going into the locker rooms.

After giving up another score to the Bears at the start of the second half, NMMI’s offense finally got on-track, putting together a 10-play 68 drive, capped by a 28-yard TD rush by senior running back Jalil Brown.

A 38-yard Hatch field goal made the score 29-7 in the fourth quarter with 11:55 remaining.

The Colts’ next drive stalled out at the Hatch 42 with a pass attempt from quarterback Jasper Best to Charles Lewis falling incomplete on a fourth-and-six. But linebacker Arturo Cuen forced a Bear fumble, recovered by defensive end Roberto Laporte, getting the ball back to the NMMI offense. The next play, Brown again led the Colts into the end zone, this time with a 41-yard rush, making it a 29-14 game with 9:42 still left to play.

Two more Bear TDs – at the 6:52 and 2:25 marks – put the game out of reach, with NMMI’s final scoring drive coming with less than 2 minutes remaining. Halfback Charles Lewis ran in for NMMI’s final touchdown, a 9-yard rush finishing a 6-play, 55-yard drive.

The Colts tallied 272 total yards of offense in the contest –  just 30 yards shy of the Bears’ output – led by Brown’s 14 carries for 134 yards. Lewis gained 63 yards on 9 attempts, Best was 11 for 39 on the ground, and Cuen as fullback ground out 22 yards up the middle on 4 rushes.

Cuen also had a stellar night on defense for the Colts, leading the team with 19 tackles: 10 solo and 9 assists.

Although head Colt coach Randy Montoya was disappointed with the loss – NMMI’s third to Hatch in the first round of the playoffs since 2014 – he was pleased with the play of his seniors and happy with how the team responded to the ups and downs over the course of the season.

“I’m just grateful our seniors got to play in this game and of all the obstacles we overcame to get here,” said Montoya. “Our kids showed heart, didn’t quit, and played a much better game in the second half. I’m proud of that.”

NMMI Cross Country teams compete in the State Championships


Carson Perry runs down one of the hills during the State Championships.

Henry Dewey crosses the finish line at the State Championships.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt and Colt Cross Country teams competed in the State Championships at Rio Rancho High School. Both the Lady Colt and Colt teams earned an automatic bid to state by winning their district meets.  

The winner of the 3A boys meet was Epherem Zerai of Sandia Prep who clocked in a time of 16:23.85 out of the 97 runners competing in the meet.  

Carson Perry was the first Colt to cross the finish line at a mark of 18:35.55 in 43rd place the rest of the Colts followed as such. 

49th Henry Dewey 18:46.85 

65th Juan Aguirre 19:18.40 

73rd Jeremiah Pinon 19:44.10 

78th Jaiden Kendrick 19:57.25 

84th Landen Savage 20:41.90 

86th Johnny Archuleta 21:26.55 


Skyler Gee of Sandia Prep won the 3A girls meet with a time of 20:15.10 out of 82 runners. 

Jazsmine Munoz Runs towards the final stretch at the State Championships

Tessa Walker was the first Lady Colt to finish with a time of 22:54.80 in 47th place. There were three other Lady Colts who participated in the State Championships. 

51st Christina Robertson 23:05.45 

67th Jazsmine Munoz 24:53.40 

73rd Sophia Valadez 26:09.30 

Head Lady Colt and Colt Cross Country coach Jan Olesinski was in Garden City, KS with the Bronco Cross Country team as they competed in the NJCAA Championsips. Assistant Coach Marisha Olesinski was with the Cross Country teams and spoke on how they did today. 

Tessa Walker crosses the finish line with Santa Fe Preps Sophie Addison.

Olesinski said, “I think they did very good today. I also think they expected to do better than they did, but there is always room to improve. No runner on either team has been to the State Championships before. Both teams were excited to compete, but at the same time they did not know what to expect. They gave 100 percent out on the tough course and that is all that I asked for.” 

The course had a combination of dirt, road, turf, and hills the runners had to deal with throughout their time on the course. 

Olesinski sees a bright future for both Lady Colt and Colt Cross Country teams. 

Both of our teams are really young and the goal will be to do better in state next year and get stronger.”

Hicks leads Broncos past Tonono O’odham Community College

NMMI Sports Press 

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco Basketball team defeated Tonono O’odham Community College 70-50 during the Native American Classic at Phoenix College.  

The Broncos led 27-23 after the first half with Kaleb Hicks leading the scoring in the first half with five points. NMMI went 6-7 at the line during the first half. Jaquarius Williams had four points as well in the first half.  

In the second half Hicks kept the scoring going. He led the Broncos in the second half with nine points with Keith Deloatch tallying eight points. 

All together Hicks ended up with a team lead of 14 points and Deloatch was the other Bronco in double digits with 10 points.  

The Broncos will play tomorrow at 7:30 PM MST against Phoenix College to cap off their tournament.