BLOOMFIELD — Graduation season has already started.
Area high school and college seniors are wrapping up their finals days of classes as commencement ceremonies draw near.
One senior graduating from Bloomfield High School, Haili Bekes, said she is excited to start college.
"I'm ready to graduate. I really enjoyed high school," Bekes said. "I made so many friends, especially through sports. It's been overall a pretty good experience."
Bekes is currently preparing her salutatorian speech to deliver at her school's commencement ceremony on May 20.
"It's pretty much about life and how you have to tackle it head on," Bekes said. "I want to send (the students) out with a last hurrah."
Bloomfield High School Principal Cody Diehl said Bekes is No. 2 in her graduating class with a 4.3 GPA. Bekes is also involved in a number of campus sports and activities.
Diehl said Bekes is a well-rounded student, contributing to the school athletically, academically and by caring for fellow students. Bekes has played volleyball, basketball and softball for all four years at Bloomfield High and is a member of National Honor Society.
"She flies under the radar but contributes in a positive manner through actions," Diehl said. "On the athletic field, she's quiet but competitive. She's competitive academically."
Bekes said she tried to stay busy during her time at Bloomfield High, taking many honors and advanced placement courses.
"I wanted to stay busy all year long," Bekes said. "I like to stay active and stay healthy."
This fall, Bekes plans to attend New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and study engineering. While she does not know what type of engineering she will focus on, Bekes said she'll be able to combine her love of math and working hands-on with projects.
All of her hard work during high school helped her earn scholarships for college.
"My parents always really set high standards," Bekes said. "They said, Get really good grades so you can get scholarship money. It's free money. If you don't get a good grade, that's money wasting away.'"
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