BLOOMFIELD — Eight Bloomfield students received $100 checks Friday after receiving advanced scores on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, exam last year.

Danny Jaques, the Mesa Alta Junior High School instructional resource specialist, promised students he would personally give them $100 each if they scored advanced on the math and English test.

A total of 10 students met the challenge, however two of them have since moved out of the district.

Eighth-graders Marc Armenta, Javen Chavez, Maggie Salazar, Shayli Durfey, Oviel Fris-Serrano, Cassidy Hoisington-Scott and Enoch Jacobs were awarded the $100 checks during an assembly Friday. Bloomfield High School freshman Elizabeth Florez also met the challenge.

Jaques said he wanted to offer the students a "carrot" to help encourage them to try their hardest during the PARCC exam. He plans on offering the same incentive this year.

In addition to Jaques' challenge, the school decided in March to create an incentive program that would encourage the students to take the test seriously. Students who scored proficient or advanced and students whose scores improved by 10 points last year could win prizes. DJ's Pizza, Ace Hardware, Bloomfield Super Lube, Citizen's Bank, Kare Pharmacy, Panda Garden, Serious Texas Barbecue and Domino's Pizza provided prizes for the students. 

"We really try to emphasize doing your best on PARCC," said Bloomfield superintendent Kim Mizell prior to the assembly.

Jaques said the PARCC exams are challenging for students.

"All of us teachers take the test and it's humbling," he said.

Jacobs, who was one of the eight students who received a check, said the hardest part for him is how long the test is.

Mizell described it as an endurance challenge.

"I just want to do my best," Jacobs said.

Salazar said she was also thinking about how her score could make the school look good.

"It counted for the whole school, so I wanted to represent the whole school and make it look good," she said.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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