15-year-old Allegra receives WNMU degree

15-year-old Allegra receives WNMU degree

There are 12 comments on the The Deming Headlight story from May 12, 2011, titled 15-year-old Allegra receives WNMU degree. In it, The Deming Headlight reports that:

Deming High sophomore Allegra Hernandez, who'll receive an Associate Degree in Language Arts today from Western New Mexico University, relaxes on the DHS campus, reading her favorite book, Nathaniel Hawthorne's "A Scarlet Letter." Allegra Hernandez sets her own pace.

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remotecontrol

Mcconnelsville, OH

#1 May 13, 2011
Congratulations, Allegra! So glad that you are starting your Presidential Campaign early. Looking forward to voting for you and then easing back while you run the country!
DAVID MCSHERRY

United States

#2 May 13, 2011
Congratulations, Allegra. You set a goal and worked hard to achieve it.

Thanks for setting a good example for us all, young and old.
Deming Rocks

United States

#3 May 13, 2011
Congrats young lady, you are a true example for all children of Mexican Heritage in this area. May you go far and continue on being a role model. Consider politics young lady! There is a young lady that had your same trajectory that is now the Governor of our state.

Since: May 11

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#4 May 13, 2011
I agree, congratulations on all your hard work and dedication.
Disappointed

Albuquerque, NM

#5 May 13, 2011
See, Deming Public Schools can't hold back everyone. There are more of you out there. Go for it.
Congratulations Allegra Your amazing.
Colleen

Santa Fe, NM

#6 May 13, 2011
What a remarkable young woman!!!
Linda

Corrales, NM

#7 May 13, 2011
Deming Rocks wrote:
Congrats young lady, you are a true example for all children of Mexican Heritage in this area. May you go far and continue on being a role model. Consider politics young lady! There is a young lady that had your same trajectory that is now the Governor of our state.
I'd say she is a true example for all children in this area!
Lisa Urbaniak

Sturgis, SD

#8 May 13, 2011
Awesome, Allegra, so proud of you.
Coach

Deming, NM

#9 May 13, 2011
Disappointed wrote:
See, Deming Public Schools can't hold back everyone. There are more of you out there. Go for it.
Congratulations Allegra Your amazing.
How cynical. DPS, overall, does a great job preparing many of it's students for success beyond high school. Unfortunately, there is a high population of uneducated people in Deming. Even some of our "successful" (by whose standard?) people are not college grads as they didn't HAVE to have it for their profession in mining, construction, ranching, farming, etc. That said, every year there is a crop of students who graduate from DHS with honors courses and (as Allegra has shown you here) college courses completed. This is a result of influence both from school AND home for these kids. Until we convince parents to set high expectations for kids, it will be difficult for teachers to bridge the achievement gap between Deming and other school districts. Take it from me, a person who has worked in 6 school districts in 3 states: DPS puts children first. Only one other school district (in CA, with much more money behind them) did half as much to help guarantee good educational services for kids.
Jessica Jarsak

Albuquerque, NM

#10 May 14, 2011
Wow that is an awesome accomplishment and gift! God be with her and she reach her dreams.
Not Impressed

Santa Fe, NM

#11 Jun 1, 2011
First off, it's not a Language Arts degree, there is no such thing. It's an AA in Liberal Arts. This degree does not prepare you for any specific career. It is core or elective coursework with flexibility. In other words, when she does go to REAL school, she will be starting from scratch just like any other 'mommie and daddy' will pay for college students, that didn't happen to take online courses.

She has a Liberal Arts (AA) degree, which is a fancy way of saying, "You completed our online courses, now knuckle down and go to a REAL college."

Are we kidding here, she's certainly not brilliant, she has spare time and her parent's have money and an internet connection.

She's 396th in her high school class! Not number one, not even top 50! We're not dealing with Doogie Howser M.D. here people. She's not running a sub 4 mile, she's running a mile whenever she decides to finish.

Liberal Arts means 'anything', and this falls in line with her scatterbrain 15 year old 'make it sound good' future plans. She wants to be an intern! President! Heck, shoot the works darlin', how about developing vehicles that run on water or air to replace the internal combustion engine. Teleportation machines! Everlasting Gobstoppers!

To quote from the article: "...(Allegra) relaxes on the DHS campus, reading her favorite book, Nathaniel Hawthorne's "A Scarlet Letter."
She either, has read this average to grade level book again and again, or, she is claiming it as her favorite before she has even finished it. Isn't this an average book for an average sophmore reading level?

A 'Scarlet Letter'? Of all the possible books she could have chosen as her favorite, A Scarlet Letter? Has she read any books by Tolstoy, Dostoevky, Cervantes, Pasternak, Wharton, the Bronte sisters, Homer, Hugo, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Lewis, Woolf, Hesse, Kazantzakis, to name a few? I was surprised she didn't say the 'Twilight' books were her favorite! You know, when she goes to REAL school, she'll have to read real books, challenging books and she'll have to take courses she may not like to get an actual degree,(kiss your flexibility goodbye!). A.D.D be damned.

Congratulations! Welcome to the real world. That (AA) was so last school year.
remotecontrol

Mcconnelsville, OH

#12 Jun 2, 2011
Not Impressed wrote:
First off, it's not a Language Arts degree, there is no such thing. It's an AA in Liberal Arts. This degree does not prepare you for any specific career. It is core or elective coursework with flexibility. In other words, when she does go to REAL school, she will be starting from scratch just like any other 'mommie and daddy' will pay for college students, that didn't happen to take online courses.
She has a Liberal Arts (AA) degree, which is a fancy way of saying, "You completed our online courses, now knuckle down and go to a REAL college."
Are we kidding here, she's certainly not brilliant, she has spare time and her parent's have money and an internet connection.
She's 396th in her high school class! Not number one, not even top 50! We're not dealing with Doogie Howser M.D. here people. She's not running a sub 4 mile, she's running a mile whenever she decides to finish.
Liberal Arts means 'anything', and this falls in line with her scatterbrain 15 year old 'make it sound good' future plans. She wants to be an intern! President! Heck, shoot the works darlin', how about developing vehicles that run on water or air to replace the internal combustion engine. Teleportation machines! Everlasting Gobstoppers!
To quote from the article: "...(Allegra) relaxes on the DHS campus, reading her favorite book, Nathaniel Hawthorne's "A Scarlet Letter."
She either, has read this average to grade level book again and again, or, she is claiming it as her favorite before she has even finished it. Isn't this an average book for an average sophmore reading level?
A 'Scarlet Letter'? Of all the possible books she could have chosen as her favorite, A Scarlet Letter? Has she read any books by Tolstoy, Dostoevky, Cervantes, Pasternak, Wharton, the Bronte sisters, Homer, Hugo, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Lewis, Woolf, Hesse, Kazantzakis, to name a few? I was surprised she didn't say the 'Twilight' books were her favorite! You know, when she goes to REAL school, she'll have to read real books, challenging books and she'll have to take courses she may not like to get an actual degree,(kiss your flexibility goodbye!). A.D.D be damned.
Congratulations! Welcome to the real world. That (AA) was so last school year.
Well, I certainly hope there is no one out there who is IMPRESSED with your diatribe.

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