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Posted June 2, 2017

Two Students to Join Foundation Board

Albuquerque High’s Ronja Steinbach and Atrisco Heritage Academy’s Joseph Barbara are expected to be confirmed on June 20.

Two talented and energetic students – Albuquerque High’s Ronja Steinbach and Atrisco Heritage Academy’s Joseph Barbara – have been recommended to join the APS Education Foundation’s Board of Directors for 2017-18.

Their confirmation by the board is expected at its regular meeting on June 20.

Barbara, who will be a senior at AHA, is the school’s National Honor Society president and is involved in a variety of clubs, including Jaguars for a Positive Change and New Mexico HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association). He plans to attend the University of New Mexico with hopes of someday becoming a surgeon.

“I think that my love for helping people helped me to understand that in the medical field, helping people is all you do,” he said. “This is how I plan to help my community, using my resources and talents.

Barbara also participates on the Atrisco Heritage cross country, swimming and track teams.

Steinbach is a rising junior and participates in a variety of clubs as well, ranging from MESA (Math, Engineering, Science and Achievement) to Model UN to the National Honor Society. She will be the Bulldogs’ junior class president when school begins in August.

She looks forward to attending college with an eye toward studying marine biology in college. In addition to English, she speaks German and is passionate about learning both Spanish and French. She has played violin for nine years and is in Albuquerque High’s orchestra program.

Steinbach and Barbara join Rio Grande High’s Julio Chavez, who served on the board of directors in 2016-17 and will be a senior this year.

The Foundation’s 23-member board helps guide the work of its staff and the grants it makes to APS schools. Student members have votes in all decisions and are part of the Disbursement Committee, which is charged with selecting grant recipients at both the classroom and school/department levels. In 2016-17, the Foundation will grant more than $500,000 to projects throughout the district, a record.

Students applied to join the board in the spring and the board’s Executive Committee made selections after an interview process.

“We are so pleased to have Ronja and Joseph join us,” said Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “We believe they will be great additions, and I know our adult members look forward to working with them.”

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