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Tech Hosts Eight-State Prep Competition

SOCORRO, N.M. March 19, 2010 – New Mexico Tech is hosting more than 250 students from eight states for the weeklong Accelerated Christian Education regional competitions.

The high school and middle school students are competing in 140 events of academics, athletics, art, music and platform events.
Emory Thompson of A.C.E. said the university is an excellent venue for the competition and New Mexico Tech personnel serve as good hosts. In fact, the organization signed an agreement to return to Socorro during spring break in 2011 and 2012.

Representatives of A.C.E. met with university president Dr. Daniel H. Lopez on Thursday morning to sign a two-year contract to use Tech facilities. Lopez welcomed the organization’s leaders and thanked them for choosing Socorro.

“The whole town of Socorro has opened their arms to us,” Thompson said. “It’s been wonderful. New Mexico Tech, Socorro High School, Terry Tadano at the Chamber – they’ve all been very accommodating. [Macey Center director] Nowka Leviner, especially, has made everything easy for us.”

The Socorro event is the Frontier Regional event, which includes New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and parts of Utah, Wyoming, Texas, Nebraska and Kansas. Winners qualify for the organization’s international event in Bowling Green, Ky., in May. The organization formerly held the Frontier Regional in at Glorieta Campground near Santa Fe. Thompson said Socorro and New Mexico Tech have proven to be more conducive and more hospitable to the event.

Students are competing in academic events and Bible events in classrooms in Cramer and Jones Hall. Public speaking and performance arts events are in Macey Center and the Macey Annex. Students compete in athletic events in the gyms, on the Tech athletic field and at the Socorro High School track. Photography and art exhibits are on display in Macey Center.

The conference climax was the basketball and volleyball champion games that begin at 9 p.m. Thursday. The event culminated with an awards assembly Friday morning that included the top musical performers.

Accelerated Christian Education is a curriculum provider that caters to parochial schools and home school groups in 142 countries. More than 8,000 schools, including 5,000 in the United States, employ A.C.E. materials.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech