Clovis NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced that the Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Abolish Chronic Truancy Program (A.C.T.) awarded the grand prize to Cole Carlton, a junior classman at Clovis High School who achieved perfect attendance during the 2017-2018 school year. Cole’s name was drawn from over 350 students with perfect school attendance. Rooney Moon Broadcasting hosted the drawing on-air at their radio station, Mix 107.5, earlier this month.
A.C.T. is a proactive program created by Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office to combat student dropout rates and increase school attendance. Every school year, members of the District Attorney's Office speak in schools throughout Curry and Roosevelt Counties and explain to students the correlation between life in the criminal justice system and those that elect to drop out of school. In addition, the District Attorney's Office explains the hefty advantages in life of those that obtain an education and finish school. To help encourage students to stay in school, the program offers incentives and giveaways from local businesses to those that have perfect attendance at the end of the school year.
The A.C.T. program has been conducting end-of-year school assemblies throughout Curry and Roosevelt Counties, with its popular mascot "Squatch", giving away dozens of bikes and electronics as prizes for students that had perfect attendance this school year.
The grand prize includes an all-expense paid trip to Dallas, Texas for Cole and his family. Airfare accommodations were courtesy of John and Robyn Snowberger of McDonald’s; Hotel accommodations were courtesy of Bill McKenzie of La Quinta Inn and Suites; Tickets to Hurricane Harbor were courtesy of Tom and Thomas Martin of Taco Box; Tickets to Six-Flags were courtesy of Brent Aucutt of Legacy Motors; Texas Rangers ball game tickets and $500 spending cash were courtesy of Rooney Moon Broadcasting.
District Attorney Andrea Reeb handed over the prizes today and stated, "This is always one of my favorite things to do in this job. It's a lot of work to have perfect attendance and it's so exciting to see that achievement pay off to a student. The Carltons seem really excited about their upcoming trip, and our office is proud to host this great program for the students in the community. Of course, this program would never be possible without the donations from our local community members."
For more information, please contact the District Attorney's Office at 575-769-2246.