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Posted May 8, 2015

12 APS Students Win Awards in “Senior I Know” Essay Contest

Annual contest drew some 2,300 student essays

Essay winners pose with KOB-TV's Steve Stucker

Twelve Albuquerque Public Schools students from nine elementary schools placed in the 33rd Annual “Senior I Know” essay contest sponsored by APS and the city of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Department of Senior Affairs.

      Some 2,300 students from both public and private schools in the Albuquerque area submitted essays in the contest, which is judged by 10 community volunteers. Students write about senior citizens they know or who they interview to write the essays.

      A total of 30 student winners were awarded a variety of prizes ranging from passes to Cliff’s Amusement Park to free food from McDonald’s restaurants during ceremonies yesterday at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center. Student essays were read during the ceremony by either KOB-TV’s Steve Stucker or retired APS teacher Gay Blech.

      APS students recognized for their essays were:

      First graders Everett Burdett, North Star; Richard Gabaldon, Los Ranchos, and Ava Wagenman, S.Y. Jackson;

      Second grader Savannah Hope Chavez;

      Third graders Holly Gallegos, Los Ranchos; Nicholas Navarro, Sandia Base; and Andrew Winter, S.Y. Jackson;

      Fourth grader Emma Cilke;

      Fifth graders Emma Nelson, Monte Vista; Maggie Salley, Double Eagle; Anthony Pugh, Griegos; and Tanner Fairhurst, S.Y. Jackson.