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Ali Mauritsen, third from left, poses in the Roundhouse with brothers Hans and Bjorn, mother Clara Mauritsen, second from right, and Reps. Candy Spence Ezzell and Jim Townsend. (Courtesy Photo)

Reps. Jim Townsend, R-Artesia, and Candy Spence Ezzell, R-Roswell, joined Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert, R-Sandoval, Monday in recognizing the achievements of Artesia High School junior Alexandra “Ali” Mauritsen.

Mauritsen recently scored in the top 1 percent nationally of students taking the ACT college entrance exam with a perfect composite score of 36. In addition, Mauritsen scored 1570 out of a possible 1600 points on the SAT exam.

“I’m honored to sponsor this certificate honoring Alexandra on her terrific scholastic performance,” said Townsend. “Alexandra’s talents are many and impressive, and we are proud to share the successes of this remarkable Artesia Bulldog with our fellow lawmakers today.”

The legislators sponsored a certificate noting Mauritsen’s academic accomplishments, and it was read on the floor of the House during Monday’s morning session. Mauritsen attended the session with her family: father Alec, mother Clara, and brothers Hans and Bjorn. A member of the AHS choir, Mauritsen also opened the day’s proceedings by singing the national anthem.

“The achievements of students like Alexandra ought to be recognized and celebrated as often as possible,” said Ezzell. “Alexandra’s academic accomplishments are extraordinary, and she gives me confidence that New Mexico’s future is bright indeed.”

“It’s fitting that we pause to commend Alexandra and her family on this wonderful achievement,” said Powdrell-Culbert. “These impressive scores are the result of years of hard work and dedication. Alexandra is an example to the rest of us that there is no limit to what you can achieve if you are committed to doing your best every day.

“It has to be pretty great to be one of the smartest young individuals in the country.”