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Here's a quick recap of Trinidad State news for September
Historic area photos to be featured in Trinidad State President's Office Art Show
The Chronicle News,  by Greg Boyce
September 2 -  TRINIDAD - Calvin Smith grew up in the oil fields near Hobbs, New Mexico and lived in a company camp until he went to college. Since those humble beginnings he has traveled the world trying to unlock the mysteries that have faded over time and understand the people who came before us.
When he was much younger, back in the 1960s, he spent a lot of time in the Mescalero Sands of eastern New Mexico. That included camping there the entire summer of 1967. Many years later thousands of acres were designated an Outstanding Natural Area because of Smith's extensive work. While many would see a hostile and desolate land, Smith saw the beauty of nature and an eclectic mixture of stubborn plants and animals. His photographic documentation of the area will be featured in the next President's Office Art Show at Trinidad State.
Trojans win pair at 2019 SOCO Tournament 
The Chronicle News, by Mike Salbato 
SEPTEMBER 11 - TRINIDAD -  The 2019 SOCO Classic Volleyball
tournament was held at Scott Gym this past weekend. Teams from Kansas, Texas and Colorado competed in the event. TSJC went 2-1 over the weekend with wins over Clarendon and Dodge City before falling to Colby College on Saturday.
Thursday's match with the Bulldogs from Clarendon College in Texas was the home opener for the Lady Trojans. Trinidad came out hyped up in front of the
home supporters but quickly lost momentum in the first set, falling 25-17.
The Trojans bounced back to lead the second set from start to finish, holding on for a 25-22 win. Clarendon fired back to take the third 25-18 and appeared on
their way to a four-set win as they led late in the fourth set. 

Success follows tragedy as local business grows
The Valley Courier, by Margaret Sanderson
SEPTEMBER 11 - ALAMOSA - In May of 2011, Crystal Chisholm graduated from Trinidad State with her esthetician (skin care) degree. She and her then husband, Jerod Chisholm, had already named the spa she planned to create. They wanted the name to reflect God. They agreed on "Essential Radiance." Crystal explained, "Essential because God is an essential part of our lives and because it is essential to take care of yourself; and, Radiance because it reflects the beauty God puts in each and every one of us."
 But less than two months after graduation, Jerod died in a tree trimming accident leaving Crystal with two little girls, ages 5 and 2.
Gonzales receives Blue Ribbon award
The Valley Courier 

SEPTEMBER 12 - MONTE VISTA Nick Gonzales, who has been with the Monte Vista School District maintenance team for more than a decade, was recently honored by the San Luis UniServ Unit, the regional unit of the Colorado Education Association, as this year's Blue Ribbon Education Support Professional.
He was nominated by Monte Vista High School language arts teacher, Dr. Jessica Castillo Gallegos. Nick, the son of Laurie Lewis Gonzales and Alfredo Gonzales, both retired teachers, is married to Alicia Gonzales, with whom he has three children. His oldest daughter, Trinady, graduated from Monte Vista Senior High School with honors in May 2019 and is now studying sociology and criminology at Adams State University.
Cross Country runners start fast, finish strong at Vigil Open
The Chronicle News, Kyle Masterson
SEPTEMBER 16 -  The Trinidad State Men's and Women's Cross Country teams started the season
with a bang Saturday morning, Sept. 7 at the Cattails Golf
Course in Alamosa. Overnight rains brought a cool morning and damp course conditions for the Trojan harriers, but nothing was going to prevent them from a hot start.
The men's 8k race went off first with competition from NCAA DII schools Adams State University, Fort Lewis College and Regis; four-year schools Dine
College and Navajo Technical University, as well as the newest cross country team in NJCAA Region XI; Colorado Mountain College. The early miles were led by a contingent of Adams State athletes with Trojans Miguel Coca, Devin Paredes and Felix Kemei stalking them.
Artocade again takes over Trinidad streets
The Chronicle News, Eric Monson, Garrett Watson
SEPTEMBER 17 - TRINIDAD - The seventh annual Artocade took place in Trinidad this past weekend with art-cars filling Main Street Friday night and again Saturday when the featured parade took place. The event was capped
by the Cardango party Saturday night. Above, an art-car robot stands sentinel at Cardango as another futuristic art-car makes it's lap during Saturday's parade.
Lady Trojans beat undefeated No.19 Western Nebraska Cougars
The Chronicle News, by Mike Salbato
SEPTEMBER 19  - TRINIDAD - Trinidad State got a great win at Central Park on Friday afternoon, defeating the previously undefeated Cougars from Western Nebraska. On Saturday the Trojans were unable to find the net early as they fell to the Plainswomen from NJC.
On Friday it was a battle of two top defenses with strong goalkeepers. The teams traded shots and for the first 80 minutes it remained scoreless. Finally, Marlene Mendez
received the ball from Ava Bishop at the top of the box on a corner kick. Mendez drove it past the defense and into the net for the only goal of the game. Cambri Curtis had a giant game in goal, picking up 12 saves in the shutout win over the 19th ranked team in the nation. 

Trojans men's soccer team split weekend home games
The Chronicle News, by Mike Salbato
SEPTEMBER 20 - TRINIDAD - The Trinidad State soccer team picked up their first win of the season on Friday, Sept. 13 afternoon with a convincing 3-1 defeat of Western Nebraska and then dropped a hard-fought contest on Saturday, Sept. 14 to Northeastern JC. The games were the first home contests of the season for the Trojans and were played at Central Park.
On Friday the Trojans struck first on a slick goal from Guilherme Caldas which was assisted by Jairo Barreras. Caldas' strike would be the only goal in the first 45 as the Trojans took the 1-0 advantage into the half. Trinidad doubled their lead early in the second half when the Cougars took a Trojan down in the box. 
Thriving in Trinidad: Thriving through failure equals success
The Chronicle News, by  Dr. Sue Nesbitt
SEPTEMBER 20 - TRINIDAD - When we look at the research on well being, it's easy to see that those characteristics and activities which make the biggest contributions are those that make us feel alive. Curiosity, love of learning, and play are examples.
Young children are naturally curious. They explore, question, and soak up knowledge at an unbelievable pace. They have not yet learned how they are supposed to learn. They just do it. They pay attention to what interests them and give it their full attention. They fail and, unless someone is
around to criticize them for it, they as often as not just keep on without losing
a beat. 
Cross Country teams see great action in Colorado Springs
The Chronicle News, by Kyle Masterson
SEPTEMBER 24 - The Trinidad State cross country teams traveled to Colorado Springs this past weekend for the Colorado College Invitational. It was a good meet, complete with a plethora of strong cross country programs from across the region. Both Trojan squads had great performances from a number of individuals, leading to a big win for the men's team.
At 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Sept. 14, 99 men from 2-year and 4-year schools around the region took off through Monument Valley Park to complete the 8-kilometer course. The first half mile saw a host of Trojans at the front of the pack,  Banguria of Colby Community College, before settling just behind a few unattached runners (representing no team) for the first half of the race. With 3 kilometers left in the race Trojans Felix Kemei and Miguel Coca made a push to pull away from the pack of unattached runners.
Sprawling Las Animas County, like many rural areas, badly needs emergency responders
The Colorado Sun
SEPTEMBER 24 - Between the passing bells, teen students gradually find their way to a second-floor classroom at the K-12 Hoehne School where they pause before entering, raise both hands and, one by one, greet instructor Dominic "Junie" Verquer with what could be considered the class mantra.
"BSI, is my scene safe?"
At first glance, the ritual might appear to be part of some school-safety drill or active shooter protocol - another dark reminder of a too-often violent and dangerous world. But the words repeated each afternoon as students arrive for Verquer's hour-long tutorial hold the first key to their success.
For these juniors and seniors, the question reminds them of the first thing they absolutely must say when, sometime next spring, they take the National Registry test to become EMRs - emergency medical responders. BSI, short for "body-substance isolation," and their raised hands, which in real-life situations would be gloved, indicate their readiness to assist.
Kynor named new vice president
Valley Courier
SEPTEMBER 25 - ALAMOSA - Trinidad State will welcome a new vice president to the Valley Cam-pus on Nov. 4. James Kynor comes to Trinidad State from Community College of Denver where he is Dean of Business, Industry, Technology and Public Service. "I felt we needed an executive leader at the Valley Campus who could provide consistent, day-to-day leadership for the campus and community," said President Dr. Rhonda Epper. "I was also looking for a leader who can take the Valley Campus to the next level while supporting the economic growth that's happening in the Valley. TSJC is looking to expand our CTE (Career and Technical Education) programming, and Jim Kynor has a track record of success that he will bring to the San Luis Valley." CTE includes manufacturing, agriculture and health sciences.
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TSJC students work to design prosthetic hand for Trinidad teen
The Chronicle News, by Greg Boyce
SEPTEMBER 27 - TRINIDAD - Each summer Trinidad State
brings high school students from the region to Trinidad for a six week, immersive college experience as part of Upward Bound
Math Science. These students are low income and first generation college hopefuls from Trinidad to the San Luis Valley and into New Mexico, all the way to Gallup. They stay in the residence halls, eat in the cafeteria and take classes designed to give them a future in a math or science field. Upward Bound Math Science is funded by a federal grant, one of several under the umbrella of TRiO.

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