Sandoval County Treasurer Jennifer Taylor announced two winners of the Junior Treasurer essay contest Wednesday.

Natalia Shiji from Jemez Valley High School and Daniela (Dani) Villatoro from Rio Rancho High School are the 2023 Junior County Treasurers for Sandoval County. They were selected by the Treasurer’s Evaluation Committee, which reviewed several essay applications from county high school students.

The announcement was made on Wednesday at a Welcome Reception in the Treasurer’s office, where the junior treasurers were introduced to the Treasurer’s Office Staff and then toured the County Administration Offices.

“We are going to ensure this program is a successful and amazing experience for both of these students,” Taylor said. “This is a great opportunity and will give them hands-on experience in local government and public service, as well as provide a public speaking platform. Both candidates will be expected to conduct their own mock Board of Finance
meeting later in the year.”