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Lt governor extols NMMI during incoming cadet ceremony

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New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales addresses the new cadets at New Mexico Military Institute Wednesday in Pearson Auditorium. (Alex Ross Photo)

New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales had high praise for the New Mexico Military Institute as he spoke to families of incoming cadets Wednesday night.

“I can tell you that there is no better place in the whole United States like there is here at the New Mexico Military Institute,” Morales said, as he stood speaking to the families of the cadets during a welcome ceremony in Pearson Auditorium.

The comments come as cadets begin a new semester. Classes are scheduled to start Aug. 19.

Morales, a former educator, said he knows it is an emotional experience for parents as they prepare to leave their children at the boarding school, but that NMMI offers cadets an array of opportunities.

“The leadership opportunities that you are going to have is going to be second to none. It is going to be unparalleled because what you’re going to learn is these opportunities are going to set you forward on the path of life,” Morales said.

He also urged the cadets to get involved in sports and other activities during their time at the 128-year-old Institute.

Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh spoke to the crowd and said he and Major Gen. Jerry Grizzle, president and superintendent of NMMI, have a close relationship.

“Jerry has my phone number and I have his. We work together to make sure this experience for your loved child is inspiring, safe and something that will grow them as an adult,” he said.

Kintigh also encouraged the families of cadets to come back to Roswell often.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.