Debbie Kinnibrugh

I would like to nominate my mom, Debbie Kinnibrugh. She inspires me because she encourages me to do my best at everything. She is also very helpful and will do anything to help. She is lovable and kind and always puts her heart in the right place. She always follows her heart and does anything to fix her heart. Those are the reasons she should be featured in the magazine.
– Braylon Kinnibrugh

Krystal Craft

I wanted to shave my head to show Krystal that she is brave and beautiful. I wanted her to know what an inspiration she is to me.  Krystal Craft is a teacher and mom and I want to be a teacher and mom when I grow up. She teaches fun stuff, she is nice, and she has a big heart. She takes good care of her daughter, Ashton and takes her to all her practices and never misses a game. She cooks what Johnny likes to eat and she always invites their friends over, her house is always fun and she’s good at throwing parties. She is always sweet to me anytime we go to her house or when I see her in public. She is a good friend to my mom and now she has cancer. Cancer is sad, it’s scary and the medicine you have to take makes you lose your hair. Krystal is brave and really good at not crying when everyone else does. She gives lots of love so it’s easy to give love back to her.
– Kaidence Hnulik

Lenora Chavez

My mom Lenora Chavez inspires me. She is currently a Front End Manager/Bookkeeper at Fenn’s. She has literally given her last dollar to someone on more than one occasion. She is one of the strongest women I know. I can only hope to be even half the mother and woman she is.

– Yesenia Parsons

Verna Harrison

My name is Hattie Harrison and I’m nominating my grandmother Verna Harrison. I am nominating my grandmother because she is a loving and caring person that will support any decision made. She encourages everyone to follow their dreams and do whatever their heart tells them to. My grandmother has faced many difficulties in life but has always found a way to overcome them. She is a confident, loving, stubborn, funny, and wonderful woman that is why I would really appreciate it if she was in Focus on Artesia.
– Hattie Harrison

Edana Yates

I think my mom Edana Yates should be in the magazine because she inspires me to be myself even when I don’t want to. She always knows how to make me laugh when I am down and just don’t feel like I belong in the world. She is a very brave woman because she was able to give up her time and open her heart to three little girls. My mom is here for me anytime me or my sisters need her. Ever since I was a little girl my mom has taught me to become an independent woman. She is beautiful inside and out. She has also taught me to get back to the community like giving kids who are poor toys. I love my mom and I hope she is chosen to be in a magazine because she has taught me to live well and love bigger.
– Tessa Yates

Amber Rutherford

My name is Morgan Love and I believe that my teacher Amber Rutherford has inspired me to try my hardest at everything that I do. I nominate her since she has always had us do our homework in her class on our free days so we don’t have really terrible grades. There are also times when I desperately struggled in my classes so she inspired me to try my hardest no matter what. I never thought that I would look back on last semester and say that we all took such a nice person for granted. She added a little bit more kindness to every one of us. These are the reasons I nominate Mrs. Rutherford.
– Morgan Love

Melissa James

I would like to nominate my daughter Melissa James, she is a mother of two boys and a very beautiful special needs daughter. She has inspired me and many others I know by her commitment to bettering herself and her children. After being married for 15 years, she recently found herself a single mother in 2015. While the bills piled up and the medical needs of her daughter began to unfold, she pushed full speed ahead to college.

She saw her children needed her. She saw her youngest sister watching her. She dove into college books and late nights with two full time jobs and did it all with a smile. She didn’t miss a beat with her children or family. She graduated in 2019 and is now a Registered Nurse, supporting her family and serving the community.
– Ruth Chavez

Vanessa Troost

Hi, my name is Adalyn Troost and I am nominating my mom, Vanessa Troost. She inspires me to be all I can be. She is always so supportive of me and everything I do. She also inspires me to try new things. She always helps with everything and still helps me with my activities. She does all of this and still teaches a big class at baton twirlers. My mom does all of this and more, so for these reasons I nominate my mom.
– Adalyn Troost

Brandy May Petrie

My name is Maile Petree, I would like to nominate my mother Brandy May Petrie. She has allowed for me to know the difference between right and wrong. She’s been a great role model. She’s showed me how to make the best of any situation. Even when she has a bad day, she tries to make our day better. She teaches me to be independent which is why I choose to look up to her. I love her for who she is.
– Maile Petree

Mercy McDonald

I nominate my mother Mercy McDonald to be in the magazine. This is because she helps a lot for the Bulldogs. She is a booster parent that inspires me by getting everything done on time which makes people respect her. She pushes me beyond my limits every day. I give her credit for every achievement I’ve ever made. So those are the reasons I nominate her to be featured.
– Brody McDonald

Ruth Raulkner

My name is Myka Aguirre and I am nominating Ruth Faulkner because she is an awesome teacher and person with a big heart. She is very kind loving and she is funny. She cares about her students and knows when something is wrong with them and always tries her best to help. She has inspired me to live well because she taught me I can do anything I set my mind to and by showing kindness and love to everyone around her.
– Myka Aguirre

Claire Chase

I want to nominate Claire Chase – her passion for our community is endless, as is her willingness to go the extra mile to give back. Understanding that the communities she lived in needed more from her, she decided to run for Congress, something almost no one would willingly do.  Not only is Claire a tireless supporter of our communities, she is a proud wife and mother of twins.  Even during the hectic campaign schedule, she finds time to take the kids trick-or-treating (in family matching costumes), or a ski weekend up in Ruidoso. Claire knows that family time is precious, and she works hard to make sure she doesn’t miss any moments with her loved ones.  It’s evident that her passion for her family feeds her drive to give back; she wants every family in Southeast New Mexico to have the same opportunities she wishes for her children.  She leads by example for all woman that you can achieve success in all aspects of life.
– Debbie Edwards

Article originally published in Focus on Artesia 2020 Spring edition.