Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

KUDOS.(Youth Express)

LOCAL CHEERLEADER HONORED: Melissa M. Martinez, a junior at Manzano High, was awarded top honors at the NCA/NDA cheer and dance summer camp at the University of Las Vegas.

Melissa, 16, a third-year member of the Manzano Majestix Dance Team, received her third All American Award at the camp. Melissa also received the Top Dancer Award.

This award is given to one performer at each of the 1,000 resident and commuter camps administered each summer.

The award winner is selected on a criteria based on "high technical skills, as well as strong leadership traits." Melissa competed against the top 10 percent of other student athletes to achieve this honor.

Melissa has been dancing since age 2 1/2. …

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