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Aryka Montes, left, a Roswell High School graduate who attends the University of Arizona, has won a $3,000 scholarship for fall 2019 from Sparklight, a communications and cable company. Tammy Gabel, center, Sparklight communications manager, and Cindy Kuntz, division marketing director, present her with the award Thursday at the university campus. (Submitted Photo)

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Roswell High School graduate Aryka Montes, a freshman at the University of Arizona, has been chosen for a $3,000 scholarship for fall 2019 from Sparklight, a communications and cable company that operates in 21 states.

Montes has been a volunteer with Assisteens of Chaves County, Charlie’s Angels Dance Team and Civic Leadership, according to a Sparklight press release.

“Participating with these organizations has allowed me to realize what a rewarding experience it is to help and bond with children,” said Montes, who is working toward a degree in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences. “I strongly believe that one person can make a huge impact on a child’s life.”

Sparklight, formerly Cable ONE, chose Montes as one of three winners of its “Going Places” social media campaign.

“Sparklight is committed to giving back to the communities we serve, and what better way to invest in the future of Roswell than to help Aryka complete her degree so she can return and give back to New Mexico’s children for years to come,” said Jane Shanley, Sparklight’s New Mexico general manager. “Aryka’s entry was impressive, and we look forward to seeing all she accomplishes.”

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Representatives from Sparklight presented Montes with her check on Thursday at the University of Arizona campus.

“I am extremely appreciative of the opportunities this award will provide me,” said Montes. “One day I hope to be fortunate enough to give back and support college students as Sparklight has done for me.”